In the Breaking of the Bread

Luke 24:13-35


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Hymn # 14 For the Beauty of the Earth

Prayer of Invocation

God of life,

we praise you for the miracle of Easter.

We pray for great joy for ourselves and for all who come

to worship today to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

We pray especially for those who will join us for worship

and whose lives are filled with pain, loss, or deep sadness.

May they sense how the resurrection is a source of great hope. Amen.

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Almighty God,

in raising Jesus from the grave,

you shattered the power of sin and death.

We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear,

bound by the ways that lead to death.

We overlook the poor and the hungry

and pass by those who mourn;

we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed

and indifferent to calls for peace;

we despise the weak

and abuse the earth you made.

Forgive us, God of mercy.

Help us to trust your power

to change our lives and make us new,

that we may know the joy of life abundant

given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Christ has been raised from the dead,