Christ’s Resurrection Light

 

I posted this prayer on Facebook this morning. It was so popular that I decided to add a photo and post it again here. enjoy!

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A Prayer for Easter Sunday 2013

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Jesus Has Risen a New Creation Has Begun

On Good Friday I posted a litany entitled When Good Friday and Earth Day Converge. I hated having to finish with the Cross rather than the resurrection so have adapted it here as an Easter season litany – and it does end with the resurrection Hallelujah Christ is risen, he is risen indeed

He Qi - The Risen Lord

God all of created life is groaning waiting for the future God has prepared for us,
We hope for the day on which all you have made will be rescued from death and decay,
We wait for the redemption of our bodies and the restoration of our world.

In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us. The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own. The world of creation cannot as yet see reality, not because it chooses to be blind, but because in God’s purpose it has been so limited – yet it has been given hope. And the hope is that in the end the whole of created life will be rescued from the tyranny of change and decay, and have its share in that magnificent liberty which can only belong to the children of God!

It is plain to anyone with eyes to see that at the present time all created life groans in a sort of universal travail. And it is plain, too, that we who have a foretaste of the Spirit are in a state of painful tension, while we wait for that redemption of our bodies which will mean that at last we have realised our full sonship in him. We were saved by this hope, but in our moments of impatience let us remember that hope always means waiting for something that we haven’t yet got. But if we hope for something we cannot see, then we must settle down to wait for it in patience. (Romans 8:18 – 25 (Phillips Translation)

God in this season of hope and promise bless the earth rich and fertile with life
God in this season of planting and growth, bless the seed we plant and nurture
As it falls into the ground to grow may we remember your body broken for us

Unless a seed is planted in the soil and dies it remains alone
But its death will produce many new seeds,
a plentiful harvest of new lives (Jn 12:24 NLT)

God as we sprinkle our gardens with the water that gives life,
May we remember lands that are parched and those that are flooded,
May we remember Christ that your life blood was poured out for us,
You were hung upon a tree and crucified,
So that together with all your creation we might be liberated into freedom.

Open up O heavens and pour out your righteousness
Let the earth open wide
So salvation and righteousness can sprout up together (Is 45:8 NLT)

As we watch for the first sprouts of new creation
We remember your resurrection promise,
A new world is breaking into ours with abundance and wholeness

Look I am making all things new…
On each side of the river grew a tree of life
Bearing twelve crops of fruit with a fresh crop each month
The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations (Rev 21:5; 22:2 NLT)

Jesus our hope lies not in your death but in your resurrection,
Not in your dying but in your rising again,
We wait in hope for your promise to be fulfilled,
Death is conquered, resurrection has begun,
May your healing be revealed in our bodies,
May your healing power be seen throughout the earth,
May we all participate together in the coming of a new heaven and a new earth.

Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.  “Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”  She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. 15 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”   She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”  “Mary!” Jesus said.  She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).  “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.  (John 20: 11 – 18 NLT)

Hallelujah, Christ is risen
You who are the gardener of the new creation,
Cultivate the new seeds that have sprung into life,
Bring growth, bring blossom, bring fruit,
May your new creation flourish in us, through us around us,
So that all the world may say together,
Christ is risen he is indeed Hallelujah.

Amen

An Easter Prayer for 2011

This morning I was listening to the news about the terrible storm that sent more than 200 tornadoes ripping across the southern US killing at least 45 people and tearing apart buildings everywhere.   My heart grieves this morning with the families of those who have been killed as our planet is rocked by yet another natural disaster.

It is a good reminder to me that our hope lies only in the promises of God – the expectation that one day through Christ all things will indeed be made new.  Because of the resurrection of Christ, one day there will be no more death and destruction, no more weeping and mourning.  That is the hope we celebrate this Easter season.

God we are blind, but you open our eyes,

To see your glory revealed through your son Jesus Christ,

Who died and rose again to lead us into life.

God we are deaf, but you unstop our ears,

To hear the power of your resurrection story,

Once we were dead but now in Christ we are alive.

God we are dumb, but you set free our tongues,

To rejoice and sing with all the hosts of heaven,

Holy, holy, holy is the one who transfigures our world with the Spirit of life,

Holy, holy holy is the one who redeems and makes whole all who respond,

Holy, holy holy is the one in whose light we see that all creation will be made new. 

Palm Sunday Prayer

Palm Sunday draws near and my thoughts are focused on Jesus entry into Jerusalem and the even more amazing entry into our hearts.  I prayers this morning were inspired by these reflections and my growing passion to follow Jesus with all my heart and soul and being.

Let us enter the city with God today

Let us sing hosanna to our king

To the son of God riding on a donkey

With shepherds and prostitutes,

With the blind and the leper

With the abandoned and oppressed

Let us shout for joy at Christ’s coming

And follow the One who welcomes the sinner and dines with the outcast

Let us touch and see as God draws near

Riding in Triumph towards the Cross

Jan Hynes, Entering the city

More of Jan Hynes Holy week images here

Another Good Friday Prayer

God who created us

Suffers because of us

god who died upon the Cross

suffers for us

God who dwells within us

Suffers with us

And in God’s suffering we find hope

God, our suffering God

Your story brings us salvation

Without you the horrors of human suffering

Would be unbearable

Your story of life, death and resurrection

gives life meaning

Because of your suffering

a new world has broken into ours

Your suffering frees us from prison

Your suffering fills the hungry with good things

your suffering frees us to live in love, joy and peace

In your eternal resurrection world

Easter Sunday Prayer for 2010

Today even though we continue to walk the painful journey toward the Cross for many of us the promise of Easter is also in the air.  Earlier in the week one of the daily readings contained the phrase “prisoners of hope” and that is what we are.  In some ways we are caught in the despair of Jesus betrayal and crucifixion, in others we are looking forward to the eternal hope that will break into our world afresh on Easter morning.  We are indeed prisoners of hope held captive by the love of a God who was willing to suffer and die to bring us into freedom.

This morning I also got news that the mother of a good friend of ours died in the night.  In the midst of grief we need the assurance of God’s hope to sustain us.

For that reason my thoughts this morning have focused on that hoped for Easter Sunday and the longed for coming Easter Sunday when God’s eternal world that we glimpse so dimly at the moment will break into our world in all its fullness.  Today’s prayer expresses that hope and longing of Easter.  It is an adaptation of one I wrote for the Advent season last year.

Hold your head high, Christ has risen

Rejoice and shout

Christ has come calling us home

Home to the heart of God

Home to God’s living presence

Home to God’s banquet feast

Hold your head high, Christ has risen

Death has been conquered

Christ has come calling us home

He has renewed and restored us

All that was broken has been made whole

All that was dislocated has been set right

Hold your head high, Christ has risen

Carry forward God’s healing

Christ has come calling us home

To a world where truth and justice triumph

To a place where abundance flourishes

To a community where generosity flourishes

Hold your head high, Christ has risen

Christ has come calling us home

Your redemption is complete

God’s eternal world has begun

Love reigns over all

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Christ has risen indeed.