Pastor: Heavenly Father, with the women who stood before the open tomb, so we, too, hear the message of the angels who announce that “He is not here; He has risen!” Because of this message we have new life!
People: We praise Him who is alive forevermore!
Pastor: Help us to see that the meaning and purpose of life are found in the words, “He is risen!” We are so tempted to believe that we are defined by the things of this world. Teach us again that the true riches of life are found in Your promises of faith, forgiveness, and eternal life.
People: Raise us to the full stature as sons and daughters of the heavenly Father.
Pastor: Lead us to the open tomb everyday so we may be reminded that You conquered our greatest enemies—sin, death and the devil.
People: We praise You as our Lord and King.
Pastor: May we who celebrate the resurrection of the Savior of the world be reminded of the promise that all who live and believe in Jesus have eternal life.
Pastor: Dearest Jesus, You walked the roads of this world. You know the pains and problems we confront. You are well aware of the fears and failures we encounter.
People: Have mercy on us.
Pastor: Lord, the challenges of this life cause us to question Your love and Your power. The devil seeks to use the disappointments and disasters of this life to draw us away from You.
People: Protect us from the evil one.
Pastor: You have promised to use all things for good in our lives. Keep us mindful of Your compassion for us and Your desire to use all circumstances and situations of life to draw us closer to You.
People: We trust, O Lord, in Your guiding.
Pastor: May we who remorse over the faults and failures in this world know You to be our forgiveness, our fortress and our strength.
Pastor: O Holy Spirit, we live in a world that is seeking meaning and starving for hope. What this world offers is temporary. But You have given to us the message of life and life eternal through Jesus Christ, crucified and risen.
People: We pray for our troubled world.
Pastor: People we know live without the knowledge of eternal life. People we love have no hope beyond the grave.
People: We pray for our family and friends.
Pastor: But we pray also for ourselves, that we would be open to Your leading so we who have heard the message of the resurrection, may gladly share that with those we know so well.
People: Use us to share Your message of life!
Pastor: May our lives and our lips proclaim the truth that Jesus lives and so do those who live in Him!
People: Alleluia! Amen!
Pastor: Hear us, O Lord, as we pray in Your name.
People: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.