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                                                                                                  Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Resurrection

Sermon Illustrations on Resurrection

O God, our resurrection and life, the promise of Your new life in Christ is like a breath of fresh air in a dry and thirsty land. We have gathered as believers, and as those who are honestly seeking the truth. Guide our worship this hour.

O God who makes all things new, speak to us as whole people today. May Your truth touch not just our intellects, but also our deeper yearnings of heart and soul. We bring with us our daily concerns, as well as our more eternal questions. May Your new creation in us shed light upon our everyday walk.

O God who fed the multitudes with but a few loaves and some fish, feed us now with the abundance of what You freely offer, that we might overflow with Your goodness right where we live. All this we pray in the name of, and because of, Jesus our Christ. Amen.

Rev. Linda Smallwood, My Redeemer Lives Blog.


God, our heavenly Father  

and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:   

We praise and thank you today and always! 

You are worthy of our praise 

simply for who You are:  

You are good and You are strong,  

You are gracious, just and loving. 

As we confront this world that lacks hope,  

a world caught up in war, hunger, poverty and  

spiritual emptiness, 

in Your great mercy You freely give us a new birth  

into the living hope  

through Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. 

There is no darkness so great  

that your light is not greater still. 

There is not conflict so disruptive  

that your peace cannot quell it.  

There is no death so final,  

that your resurrection life  

cannot break its icy grip.  And, … 

There is no thief so sneaky or strong  

that he can steal the inheritance you give  

that can never perish, spoil or fade— 

kept in heaven for us.   

Therefore, we rightly worship You!  

However, we are quick to trust  

our strength more than yours,  

our wisdom more than yours, 

our abilities more than yours,  

our resources more than yours. 

our love more than yours. 

And our misplaced trust in ourselves  

has led us into sin.   

Richard Herman


Gracious and loving God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit:  

We praise you for how wide, how high,  

and how deep is Your vast love for all people.   

Incarnate in Jesus, You offered Your life  

for the healing of the world through the forgiveness of all our sins.  

Your arms outstretched on the cross embrace us all  

as Your love transcends our divisions and differences.   

Breaking out of the tomb, You broke the powers that bind us  

and released us to live new and free.  

Your wide and welcoming love for all challenges us.  

Forgive us when we find it hard to forgive others.  

Teach us how to value and respect one another.   

Give us the necessary strength and courage to reach beyond ourselves  

To those who are unfamiliar, and even those we find disagreeable.   

Make us a safe place in a dangerous world,  

a people in which Your Hope lives,  

Your Love welcomes,  

Your Compassion restores and  

Your Grace lifts all who are downcast.  

Richard Herman


(Prayer of Adoration)

Thine is the glory – risen conquering Son 

Endless is the victory, Thou over death have won.  

Jesus – You are amazing!   You are wonderful! 

What we couldn’t do – You’ve done: 

Breaking bonds of fear, sin, guilt and death 

which kept us imprisoned for so long. 

We’re free – and You’re our Liberator. 

We’re beloved – and You’re our Lover. 

We’re joyful – and You’re our Laughter and Joy. 

That’s why we love You.  That’s why we praise You. 

That’s why we need You every day.  After all … 

(Prayer of Confession)

We aren’t very good at living like Your forgiven and free people. 

Having received grace –  

we’re still reluctant to give grace to others. 

Having been forgiven – we still find it hard to forgive. 

Having been loved just as we are –  

we still struggle to love others as they are,  

not as we want them to be. 

Forgive us, Lord,  

we don’t live much like Your resurrection people. 

In small ways and big ways,  

we hold onto our old lives and nurse our old ways; 

particular ways and personal ways,  

like those we now confess to you in the quiet  

of Your presence in this place of worship:  (Silence) 

Richard Herman