Prayers and Reflections for April 19, 2020
[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]
Call to Worship: [Adapted from Thom M. Shuman]
We have not seen the risen Christ,
but we see him in the lives of those transformed by grace.
We have not seen Jesus face-to-face,
but we have seen him in the faces of everyone whose love encourages us.
We have not touched his wounds from the cross,
but we have been called to bring healing to the hurting of the world.
Opening Prayer: [Adapted from Curtis Tufts]
O God, it is the season of Easter and new life,
and yet this year is nothing like those we have experienced before.
We are like the disciples, hunkered down in the upper room,
not sure what is going on, or when we can return to normal.
As you did with them, O Christ,
into our wounds and hurts, speak your word of new life.
Into our fears, share with us words of courage and hope.
Into our questions and doubts, voice words of trust.
Speak to the very heart of our lives with your word of grace
and grant us your peace. Amen.
Music for Singing or Listening:
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:
[Adapted from Bruce Prewer, http://www.bruceprewer.com/ ]
You, wonderful God, whose glory the heavens declare
and whose handiwork the whole earth sees;
be with astronomers and astronauts, artists, musicians and photographers.
You, whose Spirit brooded over the face of the earth
and brought breath to all that lives and grows;
be with health workers who control viruses and bacteria,
or engineer genes and chromosomes.
You, for whom truth is not mere facts and figures,
but relationship and the gift of eternal love;
be with those whose science has left them empty
or whose technology has become a slavery.
You, who give us faith that leads to many doubts
and deep doubts that lead to a larger faith;
be with those who despair, and all who hunger for you.
You, who should mother and father forsake us, cherish us as your very own family;
be with abused children and street kids, social workers, judges and foster parents.
You, who when thick darkness covered humanity,
leapt into the night bringing light and joy;
be with night-shift workers, EMT’s, police, and counsellors.
You, who banish fears and bring a new dawn;
be with those who risk their lives for others and all who today face death alone.
You, who know our needs before we utter them
and do far more than we can ask or imagine;
be with us as we offer these prayers. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer:
Words only, Voices United # 921
Sung Version, Voices United # 959 The Lord's Prayer by David Haas
While we extinguish this candle,
we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.
May God’s love and grace be with us all.