1 Corinthians 15: 54 - 56
(It’s worth reading the whole of this passage).
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”.
Gracious Father, Holy God, thank you for your amazing grace in Jesus. Thank you that, in this Easter season, we celebrate new life in him and new life around us. Thank you that, as we open ourselves up to you, so you fill us with new hope, new vision and give us a new future. We pray for all who hear the Easter message this year. Help us to make resurrection power real in our own lives. Release us from our need to be religious and enable us to share Christ’s risen power in the ordinary and everyday things as we share life in our families and communities.
Thank you for the many ways in which people in these communities continue to work together as we make our way out of lockdown. Despite our own need to feel free to pursue our lives once again, please give us the patience and compassion to bear the needs of others in mind. Help us to find new and creative ways to have fun and enjoy life this summer.
We pray for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit, all who are lonely or feel trapped, all who don’t know where to turn for support and all whose financial situation is getting them down. Help us to be able to identify those in need. We pray for organisations and agencies who are tasked with bringing comfort and aid and we pray that we will be generous in our support of them.
We remember all who have died and we pray for the families of those whose funerals have taken place in the last month. Be near them in their grief, may they know the comfort of your presence and bless the comfort and support they give each other. We ask all of these prayers confident that you hear us and in Jesus’ name. Amen.