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.
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.
Filed under Easter, Liturgy
The following prayer of invocation comes from the United Church of Christ.
Come to this sanctuary, this house, this home, Holy Christ,
And let us receive you with lavish welcome.
You are the Restorer of our fortunes,
The Promise of new life –
We pour out our praise to you.
Fill this room with your Spirit:
The sound of wind, the warmth of flame, the scent of perfume
And fill our hearts with your compassion,
Not just in this time and place,
But in all times and in all places,
So that as we celebrate the great things you have done for us,
We may also embody the love you give to all. Amen.
Filed under Lent, Liturgy
The following prayer of Invocation is from the United Church of Christ.
O God, with gladness and expectation, we gather in this space today.
For you are the one who makes all things new.
You are the one who satisfies our hunger and restores our soul.
In this holy space, help us, your daughters and sons,
to know that you always love us.
Through our worship today,
help us to know that if we stray away from you,
you are always ready to receive us with open arms.
Prepare our hearts as we worship you
to welcome and embrace all of your children as you do us.
With gladness and expectation we pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
God of the Blazing Bush,
even in the wilderness we have become comfortable.
As you did to your servant Moses,
direct our gaze toward the path to which you call us.
Come into this place and bless this, our worship of you.
Hear our praise and receive our offering
as we pray, sing, listen, speak, and discern
according to your Holy Spirit.
Come into this place, Holy God,
and turn us aside that we may go out into the world
and continue our worship of you. Amen.
The following Prayer of Invocation is inspired by the text of Psalm 27.
God of the Lenten journey,
we are gathered in your presence
as you accompany us on this road.
Be gracious and answer us,
O God of our salvation!
Send your Spirit to this place
as we wait in wonder
with your Son in this wilderness.
One thing we ask, Lord:
to live in your presence
all the days of our lives. Amen.
Filed under Lent, Liturgy