Prayers of Invocation on Easter
Dear God, this past week has been one of mixed emotions; of faith struggling to understand. We have greeted you with palm branches; we have sat at table with you to share a farewell meal. We have witnessed your death on a simple wooden cross. Yet on the third day, you come to us again in victory. By this, we know that death is not the final word. As the sun boldly rises to meet a new day, rise in our lives this Easter morning, for you are our hope, our life, and our joy.
Assist us mercifully, O God, in our prayers; that as our blessed Lord, after the suffering of death, came where the disciples were assembled on the first day of the week, and stood in their midst, saying:
Peace be unto you; so he may come to us who are here gathered in his Name, and may lift his pierced hands in benediction over us, and breathe upon our hearts the peace that he alone can give. Amen.
James Ferguson, Prayers for Common Worship, Allenson & Co., Ltd.