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John 20:1-18; Jeremiah 31:1-6


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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, the first fruits of those who have died. For

since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also

come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in


Prayer for Illumination

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. From

everlasting to everlasting you are God. Speak to us now as you have spoken to us