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June 7 Worship from Home

Prayers and Reflections for June 7, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

[Adapted from Tim Graves as found at https://liturgybits.wordpress.com/]

In the midst of darkness and chaos...
     God imagined.
In the fury and darkness...
     God imagined a world filled with trees, and blue skies
     and fluffy white clouds.
In the meadow, God stood and…
     imagined foxes, bluebirds, and slithering snakes.
In a world of rainstorms and wildlife, and cattle and grasses blowing in the breeze...
     God imagined humanity.
God imagined you and God imagined me. We are created in the image of God.
     God imagined us all. God loves each of us.

Opening Prayer:

[from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life Pentecost 1, 2008, page 19]

You speak, O God, and life comes forth.
Out of the shadows of chaos
your breath stirs order and beauty
which is sustained by your steadfast love.
Speak again, Creator God, and breathe new life
into this community of love
so we may answer your call to serve the world you so love. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 315 Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

Voices United # 229 God of the Sparrow

Voices United # 427 To Show by Touch and Word

Scripture Reading:

Genesis 1:1-2:4 The Message

Video Reflection:

The Faith We Sing - includes the singing of VU # 409 Morning Has Broken

Offering Prayer:

[from Gord Waldie as found at https://worshipofferings.blogspot.com/]

Creator and Re-creating God,
you have given us the earth, the air, the water, life itself.
In gratitude and humility we give back from our abundance,
that your life and love and hope
would spread throughout your Creation. Amen.

Ways to give:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Mail      PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance)

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

[Adapted from Brenda Torrie as found at https://re-worship.blogspot.com/]

In these days of knowing, not knowing, we, like the buds on the trees,
are eager to burst forth into the world. Hold us gently in place, O God,
until we are certain in the ways of loving our neighbour.

Help us to remember, Holy One, that all life is sacred in your eyes:
those whose lives have just begun,
those with lines of life lived etched upon their hands and faces,
those whose immune systems are compromised,
those who are black, indigenous, people of colour.
These are your beloved, whose care we are blessed to bear.

Compassionate One, as you have cared for us, enable us to care for one another.
May we offer kindness to others. May we speak up for justice.
May we make this world a better place,
not just through our words, but also our actions.
May we be beacons of hope and love,
as we care for our neighbours as ourselves. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921
Sung Version, Voices United # 959 The Lord's Prayer by David Haas

Closing

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.
Amen.


 

May 31 Worship at Home

Collaborative Worship for Pentecost: May 31, 2020

Welcome:

Wind, Fire & the Holy Spirit

Candle-Lighting:

[You may wish to light a candle at home]

Opening Prayer: [VU 197]

God, Holy Spirit, come to us, come among us;
come as the wind, and cleanse;
come as the fire, and burn;
come as the dew, and refresh:
convict, convert, and consecrate
many hearts and lives
to our good and your greater glory. Amen.

Biblical Storytelling:

“Dry Bones” by Linnea Good, used by permission

Scripture Reading:

Acts 1:1-11

Hymn:

“Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us” VU 198

Poem: Part 1

Scripture Reading:

Acts 2:1-13

Hymn:

“O Holy Spirit, By Whose Breath” VU 200, v.1-3

Poem: Part 2

Hymn:

“The God of Heaven Thunders” VU 755

Drama:

“Gracious, Goodness, Great Tongues of Fire”

Hymn:

“O Holy Spirit, By Whose Breath” VU 200, v.4-5

Scripture Reading:

Acts 2:14-21

Poem: Part 3

Music Interlude:

“Hymn of Fire” by Eugene Butler

Offering Prayer:

[Adapted from Gord Waldie, https://worshipofferings.blogspot.com/]

God, as the Spirit moves within and around us,
we are moved in response.
Part of that response is to offer gifts
of time, talent, and treasure.
May the gifts and the givers be ways
your love and hope is spread. Amen.

Ways to give:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Mail      PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance)

Prayers of the People:

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921

Benediction:

[Adapted from Scott Cervas, https://www.liturgylink.net/]

The Spirit of God inspires…
     Let us listen!

The Spirit of God transforms…

    Let us grow!

The Spirit of God empowers…

     Let us go…and be…and do!

And may you… those you encounter…
and those who are touched beyond that encounter…
discover and know the grace, love, and peace of God
each and every day. Amen.

Pentecost Colouring Page:

Filled with the Holy Spirit


 

May 24 Worship at Home

Prayers and Reflections for May 24, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

[Adapted from Larry Doyle]

From wherever we are - at home, at work, in our cars:
     God draws us in to give us hope.
In kitchens, bedrooms, offices and deck chairs:
      Christ calls us to share in serving all of creation.
As households, in small groups, and on-line:
     The Holy Spirit connects us to one another.
Surely God is in this place, and in this time!
      Help me notice!

Opening Prayer:

{ Adapted from Richard Bott as found at http://liturgy.richardbott.com]

Your presence is constant, God. We know you are with us.
But, sometimes, it’s hard.
Sometimes, in the midst of chaos,
we don’t know what to do, or to say, or to be.
Help us, please. Help us to stop and listen.
Help us to stop and look. Help us to be your people.
Now and always. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 217 All Creatures of Our God and King

Voices United # 296 This Is God's Wondrous World

Voices United # 606 In Christ There Is No East or West

Voices United # 420 Go to the World

Scripture Reading:

John 17:1-21a

Video Reflection:

The 'Other' Lord's Prayer

Offering Prayer:

[Adapted from Seasons of the Spirit L/E/P 2014, page 186]

For all the gifts we have been given, O God, we give thanks:
the gift of your love, the gift of Jesus, the gift of life itself.
Help us, through all our gifts, to give praise to you
and to share your love with all the world.
In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Ways to give: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Mail     PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance)

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

[Adapted from http://vicarofwadley.blogspot.ca/]

Jesus, just as you prayed for your disciples so long ago, pray for us.
Pray for our wellbeing; pray for our protection.
Pray for your joy to be made complete in us.
Pray for our spiritual growth.
Pray for your truth to be made complete in us.

Jesus, we often do not know how to pray.
So pray for us, pray with us, that we may be one with you,
one with each other, and one in ministry to the world.

Jesus, pray for your weak ones, your strong ones;
your ones who have illnesses, your ones near death;
your ones who breeze through life, your ones who struggle in life.

Jesus, pray for those who have lost loved ones
through war, famine, disease, and disaster.
Hold them in your loving arms, and use us to extend your compassion.

Jesus, we join you in these prayers for all your people. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921
Sung Version, Voices United # 959 The Lord's Prayer by David Haas

Closing

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.
Amen.


 

May 17 Worship at Home

Prayers and Reflections for May 17, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

[Adapted from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life L/E/P 2008, page 125]

When the way is difficult, and the path is lonely, Jesus says:
     I am with you.
When the journey is smooth, and the travelling easy, Jesus says:
     I am with you.
When the horizon is far, and the call is clear, Jesus says:
     I am with you.
When the place is here and the time now, Jesus says:
     I am with you.

Opening Prayer:

Adapted from  Gord Waldie as found at http://worshipofferings.blogspot.com]

Peace-giving God, you promise that you will not leave us alone.

As we pause for worship this week, fill us, we pray, with your presence.

As we live through this time of turmoil and anxiety,

remind us that we are not alone;

refresh our souls with the peace that passes understanding,

and help us love each other as we have been loved. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 264 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Voices United # 333 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Voices United # 374 Spirit of the Living God

Voices United # 619 Healer of Our Every Ill

Scripture Reading:

John 14:15-21

Video Reflection:

Mirror, Mirror

Offering Prayer:

[Adapted from www.ministrymatters.com]

Giver of all gifts, we are grateful for your every blessing
and for your presence through all of life —
in our joys and fears, and in our hopes and dreads.
May you be revealed in the gifts we give
and through the lives we live. Amen

Ways to give: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Mail      PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance)

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:  

[Adapted from http://presbyterian.ca/worship/]

Compassionate God, we pray for vulnerable people all over this world,
who live in places of terror and violence, fear and oppression.
Protect them, God; we feel so powerless ourselves to help them.
Encourage and empower us to work
for peace and freedom from fear in our own contexts.

God of grace, we pray for those whose lives have been turned upside down
by various disasters: floods, fire and drought-driven famine.
Bring courage and hope to them;
through their pain, may they remain connected to you in prayer. 

God of community, we pray for our own community of faith;
may we be a source of hope for our neighbourhood.
Help us to discern needs and work to fulfill them. Strengthen and unify us
and show us how we can be the disciples you envision us to be. 

Return the sick to health and well-being
and relieve the suffering of those who have lost loved ones,
are unable to find meaningful employment
and fear the challenges of old age. 

Be with us, Holy Advocate, and with those for whom we pray. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921
Sung Version, Voices United # 959 The Lord's Prayer by David Haas

Closing

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.

Amen.

May 10 Worship at Home

Prayers and Reflections for May 10, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship: [Adapted from Katherine Hawker, www.liturgyoutside.net]

The Spirit of God calls us from many places;
some of us are in busy homes with many people, some of us live alone.
     We are a part of the family.
This week has been different for each of us;
some of us have had happy news we want to celebrate,
others of us have faced grief and need to cry.
     We are members of God’s family.
In this time of worship, we seek God’s presence in our lives,
     Together we become God’s family.

Opening Prayer: [adapted from Rod Sykes, Gathering L/E/P 2005, page 37]

Holy One, you who hold all of time and space within your gaze,
you who know each second of our history,
you are our Creator and God - your dreams are the world’s hope.
Wise Father, Loving Mother, you who hold each of us within your care,
you know the gift within each one,
you are our Redeemer and Guide - your call is our future.
Stir our hearts, O God. Awaken our vision.
Guide us on the path of generosity and hope. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 216 Sing Praise to God, Who Reigns Above

Voices United # 290 Nothing Can Trouble

Voices United # 274 Your Hand, O God, Has Guided

Be Not Afraid

Scripture Reading:

John 14:1-14

Video Reflection:

The Hardest Question

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

Gracious God, we give you thanks for the gift of life,
especially for the gift of your son, the Christ, the Word, the Way, the Truth,
who expands our limited understanding with outstretched arms of love.

Holy God, we pray that you would be present with those who are suffering
from storms or floods, from drought, wind, or any of the tides of creation.

Tender God, we ask that you would be comfort to those who are afflicted,
the sick, and those who have died. Embrace them in your hand,
hold them tender, like a mother her child, like a father his infant,
like a friend who cares for another.

Today, we pause to give thanks for the deep love of mothers.
We give thanks for those who’ve been a mother in less traditional ways as well.
From older siblings in a motherless home to single fathers raising children alone,
we are thankful for the love they share, for the way they care,
and for the way they nurture the children of the world.

At the same time, we pause to remember those who struggle
with the role of mother. And for those who want nothing more than to be a mother,
but so far have not found the path that is right for them.

On this day that celebrates mothers, we remember those who cannot
bring themselves to celebrate because their mothers were less than motherly.
They were: judgmental, belittling, violent, abusive, absent.
And we pray for those who long for an embrace from their mother
just one more time.

Loving God, this day as we reflect on and give thanks for mothers
and mother figures in our lives, may we recognize the reflection of you in them,
and then may we each live into that reflection,
not just with those we choose to call family, but with each person we meet. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921

Sung Version, Voices United # 959 The Lord's Prayer by David Haas

Closing

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.

Amen.


 

May 3 Worship at Home

Prayers and Reflections for May 3, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship: [Adapted from Joanna Harader, www.spaciousfaith.org]

In the darkest valley, at the banquet table;
     in the hard work of life, at the moments of ease;
in our day-to-day reality, at times set aside–
     like this time, now–
     for worship, for listening, for paying attention;
with every step we take:
     goodness and mercy follow us; our cups overflow.

Opening Prayer: [from Ministry Matters]

Loving Shepherd,

you know our names; you care for us.

When we face darkness and death, walk beside us.

When we hunger for your love,

fill us with your presence.

When we are fearful, feed us at your table.

May we dwell in the house of goodness and mercy

all the days of our lives. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 748 God Is My Shepherd (Brother James' Air)

Voices United # 374 Come and Find the Quiet Centre

Voices United # 210 You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd (Westminster Abbey)

Bobby McFerrin        23rd Psalm

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 23 NRSV Psalm 23 KJV

Video Reflection:

I Shall Not Want

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

[Adapted from Nathan Williams, www.liturgylink.net]

O God, you are our shepherd;we shall not be in want.
Your creative grace is visible in lush green pastures
and revealed in still, clear waters.
Your restoring resurrecting Spirit revives our souls and our communities,
and you guide us in ways of righteousness for the sake of your earth.

We pray for the earth you create and love:
for people, families, nations, and species
that dwell in the valley of the shadow of death;
for all who fear the evils of pollution, violence, and illness;
for those whose suffering is on our hearts,
and for those whom we will never meet.

Shepherding God, be with your people;
with your rod and your staff, restore us and lead us.
Spread your table of abundance before those who hunger and thirst;
set us free from conflict and division.

Anoint us with your calling to reconciliation,
and let the cup of our life overflow
with justice and life for all your creation.

Let your goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our life,
and make this earth your home forever,in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921
Sung Version, Voices United # 959 The Lord's Prayer by David Haas

Closing

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.
Amen.

April 26 Worship at Home

Prayers and Reflections for April 26, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship: [Adapted from Carol Penner]

We need your presence on the long road, O God.
     The road between fear and hope,
     the road between the place where all is lost
     and the place of resurrection.
Like the disciples walking the road to Emmaus,
we are in need of your company!
     Jesus, stand among us!

Opening Prayer: [Adapted from Lindsey Sanderson]

Risen Christ, as you journeyed with the two

who walked the Emmaus Road,

travel with us on our journey of faith.

In our encounters on the way,

give us compassion to listen to the other’s story,

patience to explain what may seem obvious to ourselves,

and courage to make ourselves vulnerable,

so that others may encounter you through us,

and we may rediscover you through them.

Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 182 Stay with Us through the Night
Voices United # 436 Abide with Me
Voices United # 345 Come, Children, Join to Sing
Voices United # 371 Open My Eyes, That I May See

Scripture Reading:

Luke 24:13-35

Video Reflection:

Blessed Brokenness

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

[Adapted from Susan Miller, www.churchofscotland.org.uk]

Holy One, you come to us in unexpected places:
in our homes, in our rooms, in our time of physical distancing;
in a journey on a dusty road, in food shared;
in conversation, in the stillness.

You come in the midst of our doubt, our fear, our sorrow.
You come in the power of the resurrection;
no pain and suffering is unknown to you.

You bring us peace,
and we pray for the places where there is no peace:
countries torn by war; refugees seeking homes;
prisoners facing torture; victims of senseless violence.

We need your peace, O God:
peace to the tensions and conflicts within us;
peace to the regrets, the failures;
peace to the broken relationships, and lost friendships.

Compassionate One, you bring us peace,
for you are a friend to us.
In those times when we are alone,
in those situations when we are lonely,
in our uncertainties and our doubts,
remind us, O God, that you are there, even if unseen.

Holy One, you bring us peace,
and we pray that we too may become peacemakers. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921
Sung Version, Voices United # 959 The Lord's Prayer by David Haas

Closing

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.
Amen.

April 19 Worship at Home

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:

Voices United # 168 The Risen Christ
Voices United # 382 Breathe on Me, Breath of God
Voices United # 187 The Spring Has Come
Voices United # 352 I Danced in the Morning

Scripture Reading:

John 20:19-31

Video Reflection Options:

Stuck at Home

Innisfail/Springbank

Moderator Richard Bott

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

Closing

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.
Amen.

Easter Worship at Home

Prayers and Reflections for Easter Sunday: April 12, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship & Opening Prayer: [Adapted from Martha Spong]

Early on the first day of the week, the women went to the tomb.
     They went to perform a service, out of love for one they had lost.
They went to fulfill their obligations, the expectations of their faith.
     They never expected what they would find: an empty tomb.

Let us pray:
     We bring our expectations, our emptiness,
      our hopes and our dreams, O God.
     We are burdened by our own crosses,
     and the stones that block our way.
     And yet, we come to meet the Risen Christ
     and to hear his greeting.
     Remind us, O God, that nothing,
     absolutely nothing,
     can separate us from your love. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 155 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

Voices United # 173 Thine Is the Glory

Voices United # 186 Now the Green Blade Rises

Voices United # 703 In the Bulb There Is a Flower

Scripture Reading:

Matthew 28:1-11

Video Reflection:

That Morning

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

 [Adapted from Ann Siddell, http://stillpoint.unitingchurchsa.org.au/ ]

O God, with faces touched by the light of a new day,
and hearts warmed by our prayers and praises,
we come before you to pray for the needs of our world.

Into the light of Easter morning
we raise those who are struggling with illness,
with despair over their lives, or with the breakdown of relationships.
May the light of Christ shine upon them.
     May the light of Christ shine upon them.

Into the light of Easter morning,
we bring those places in our world
where war, violence, poverty and need are the experiences of everyday life.
(These places may be named)
May the light of Christ shine upon them.
     May the light of Christ shine upon them.

Into the light of Easter morning,
we bring the headline news of this weekend (this may be named):
we hold in our hearts the pain of those suffering violence, bereavement or conflict.
May the light of Christ shine upon them.
     May the light of Christ shine upon them.

And into the light of Easter morning
we bring ourselves, the private struggles,
the heart’s yearnings, the hidden dreams, the unfulfilled potential.
May the light of Christ shine upon us.
    May the light of Christ shine upon us.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921
Sung Version, Voices United # 959 The Lord's Prayer by David Haas

Closing

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.
Amen.

Prayers and Reflections for Good Friday

Prayers and Reflections for Good Friday: April 10, 2020

Call to Worship & Opening Prayer: [Adapted from Gord Waldie]

We journey with Jesus to the cross and the tomb.
     We settle into the sadness, sorrow,
     and darkness that fell on the day Jesus died.
Let us pray:
     God of Light, God of Shadow,
     keep us aware of your presence in the darkness.
     Help us to see meaning in this terrible story,
     and keep the fire of hope alive in our hearts. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 144 Were You There

Scripture Reading 1:  Matthew 27:11-26

Reflection Question:
Barabas was the guilty one, but Jesus died in his place.
How does it make you feel to know that Jesus died in our place?

Action:
Turn off your bedroom lights or close your curtains/blinds.

Scripture Reading 2: Matthew 27:27-44

Reflection Question:
Jesus had done nothing wrong, yet he was hung with criminals.
What wrongs do you need to confess to God today?

Action:
Look around your house for art or decor that depicts crosses.
Or look for cross shapes in nature, in the shadows,
or shapes in everyday objects around your house.

Scripture Reading 3: John 19:28-37

Reflection Question:
Crucifixion was a very painful way to die.
The soldiers pierced Jesus’ side to prove that he was dead.
How does death make you feel? Take time to pray for those who are grieving.

Action:
Walk through your home and look at any family pictures that you have out.
Think of the generations gone before you and what lessons they taught you.

Scripture Reading 4: Matthew 27:45-56

Reflection Question:
Darkness fell, the curtain was torn in two, and the earth shook. The soldiers were terrified. What are your fears today? Talk to God about them.

Action:
Turn off your dining room and kitchen lights.
You may also choose to fast from food for the rest of the evening (if using this service in the afternoon).

Scripture Reading 5: Matthew 27:57-66

Reflection Question:
Think about the stone being rolled over the entrance of the tomb. It created total darkness in the tomb. How does darkness make you feel?.

Action:
Turn off your living room lights.
You may also choose to turn off electronics for the rest of the day.

Closing Prayer: [Adapted from Carol Penner]

Jesus, we wait here by your tomb carrying our grief;
the grief of the betrayer, the grief of the denier, the grief of the crucifiers.
We carry the grief of the lost, the heartbroken, the bereft.
Upon you was laid the grief of us all. It is finished.
God of endings, God of darkness,
God of the tomb, God of dark days and great loss,
be with us now as we wait with Jesus. Amen.