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Prayer of Dedication | Easter Sunday (Year C)

The following prayer of dedication is from worshipingwell.com.

Bountiful God,
we come with our offerings in response to your love.
With the new life in Christ,
we give ourselves in service to others.
With the energy bestowed by the Spirit,
we seek to inflame all your people with a zeal for your way.
Receive the work we do,
and the gifts we bring,
that they may become a blessing in your sight.

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Prayer of Invocation | Easter Sunday (Year C)

The following prayer is by Andy James and Teri Peterson via LiturgyLink.Net.

We go to your tomb, O Christ,
expecting to be met by the cold hardness of stone,
sealing the death of hope.
Instead, we find that the stone has been rolled away
and you are not there!
Help us to encounter your risen presence everywhere we go
and live in the joy of Easter morn each and every day,
through Christ our risen Lord.
Alleluia! Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Andy James, First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone, Queens, New York, and Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake, Illinois.

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Prayer for Illumination (2) | Easter Sunday (Year C)

The following prayer for illumination is by Scott Cervas via LiturgyLink.Net.

Holy God,
remove the stones that block the portals of our minds…
shine your light so that it may take over the darkness within…
and fill our thoughts with your perfect vision for creation
so we may go, and tell, and be, and do.

Submitted by Scott Cervas, pastor at Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church (Lexington, KY)

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Call to Worship (3) | Easter Sunday (Year C)

This is the day:
when tears are wiped away;
shattered hearts are mended;
fears are replaced with joy.

This is the day the Lord:
rolls away the stone of fear;
throw’s off death’s clothes;
goes ahead of us into God’s future.

This is the day the Lord has made:
death has no fear for us;
sin has lost it’s power over us;
God opens the tombs of our hearts
to fill us with life.

This is the day – Easter Day!
Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!

Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.

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Prayers of the People (1) | Easter Sunday (Year C)

The following Prayers of the People is by Carol Penner via re:Worship.

God of the bright and morning star,
God of the rising sun,
God of darkness banished,
we praise and worship you!
For empty tombs: thank you!
For disciples running with good news: thank you!
For your presence, alive, powerful, resurrected: thank you!
We celebrate your victory over death,
over all the powers that would defeat us.

Help us to grasp resurrection;
to understand its power,
to see its force at work in our world,
overturning evil empires,
changing the hatred within us,
moving the world slowly, forcefully,
bending us towards love and truth.

On this day of great gladness
empower us to be your ambassadors,
proclaiming good news.
Good news in our kitchens and living rooms,
good news in the offices and workshops
good news in the fields and factories
Help us to be that good news,
walking softly on this good earth
caring gently for all people,
living hopefully into your kingdom.

Today we think of all who are grieving, especially…
[name those who are grieving]
and for the sick and dying….
[name those who are ill]
for places in the world that are torn by war and bloodshed…
[name countries at war]

In this world of broken hopes and dreams
we catch sight of your kingdom come,
in the person of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns in us forever. Amen.

~ written by Carol Penner, and posted on her Leading in Worship blog. http://carolpenner.typepad.com/leadinginworship/ Visit that site for other great worship resources.


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Psalm 118 | Paraphrase by Michael Morgan | Easter Sunday (Year C)

The following paraphrase of Psalm 118 is from my dear friend and mentor, Michael Morgan. This paraphrase of Psalm 118 (and, in fact, every psalm) can be found in his published psalter, Psalter for Christian Worship, Revised Edition. The suggested tune for this Psalm ( is MIT FREUDEN ZART (#483 in the Blue Presbyterian Hymnal – “Sing Praise to God, Who Reigns Above”). Psalm 118 is the lectionary psalm for Easter Sunday, Year C.

Give thanks unto our gracious God,
Whose love endures forever;
The Lord, our strength and song shall be,
From whom no fault can sever.
Sing mighty songs of victory,
Both now and for eternity,
For God will leave us never.

I shall not die, but I shall live,
And sing God’s grace with elation;
Though I deserve no more than death,
God blesses me with salvation.
The gate that should unyielding be
Is open wide to welcome me,
Give thanks and adoration!

Upon the stones the builders judged
Imperfect, weak and tender,
Now rest the corners of God’s house,
Still unsurpassed in splendor.
This is the day the Lord has made;
God is my sun, and God my shade;
Rejoice, and praise gladly render!

Shared with permission of Michael Morgan.

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Call to Worship (2) | Easter Sunday (Year C)

The following Call to Worship is from the Mennonite Church of Canana.

We are here today because the weeping Mary of Magdala once said:
“I have seen the Lord!”
We are here on this Easter morning because Jesus still comes into our locked spaces and says:
“Peace be with you. Receive the Holy Spirit.”
We are here today like doubting Thomas who finally cried:
“My Lord and my God”
We are here like Peter, tempted to forget the call of Jesus:
“I’m going fishing.”
We’re here this morning because of Jesus, who asks us face-to-face:
“Do you truly love me?”
We gather here to whisper timidly.
“Yes, Lord, you know that we love you.”
We are here as a congregation only because many faithful disciples
have listened to Jesus’ words:
“Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid! Go and tell, ‘Jesus has been raised!”

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