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Easter Prayer | Easter (Year C)

This brilliant Easter/Resurrection prayer is from Thom Shuman. If you haven’t already, check out his website here.

You smiled and the sun burst
through the shadows of chaos;
you chuckled,
and the platypus splashed
in creation’s fountain;
you laughed,
and all that is good and beautiful
was give shape by you,
Imaginative God.

Snickering at the feeble attempts
of the evil one,
you showed us
how to resist temptation;
giggling at sin’s desperate desire
to hold on to us,
you released us by your love;
howling with laughter
at death’s foolish belief
that the tomb could hold you,
you burst forth into the kingdom
as the stars pealed with joy,
Laughing Jesus.

As you fill us with new life,
may we delight in sharing it with others;
as you tell us the good news
which can never be taken from us,
may we rejoice in offering it
to the broken, the sad, the lonely;
as you tickle us with grace,
may we give it away
with laughter on our lips
and joy in our hearts,
Spirit of Easter.

God in Community, Holy in One,
our hearts overflow with wonder
as we lift the prayer Jesus has taught us,
Our Father . . .

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Benediction (1) | Easter Sunday (Year C)

The following benediction is from the United Church of Christ.

Go forth to live boldly,
as if death has no power over you.
Live as if your lives count for something–because they do.
God calls us in abundant love
to serve something greater than our own finite lives,
a greater cause for which we would even lay down our lives, as Jesus did.
For just as death on a tree could not stop the Christ,
so our lives in service to God become larger than ourselves,
part of the ever in-breaking realm of God—
that realm of justice and truth,
of enough for all and not too much for any one.
Go in peace, to love, to serve, and to proclaim:

One: Christ is risen! Alleluia!
Many: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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These Things Did Thomas Count As Real

The following poem is a piece by Thomas Troeger and is a beautiful piece of art. Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

These things did Thomas count as real:
the warmth of blood, the chill of steel,
the grain of wood, the heft of stone,
the last frail twitch of flesh and bone.

The vision of his skeptic mind
was keen enough to make him blind
to any unexpected act
too large for his small world of fact.

His reasoned certainties denied
that one could live when one had died,
until his fingers read like Braille
the markings of the spear and nail.

May we, O God, by grace believe
And thus the risen Christ receive,
whose raw, imprinted palms reach out –
and beckoned Thomas from his doubt.

-Thomas Troeger
copyright 1994 Oxford University Press

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