Sunday

Sunday’s prayers reflect the traditional idea of Sunday as a day when we commemorate Jesus’ rising from death.

Source of all life, as a child to her mother:
We turn to you
Saviour of all life, as music to song:
We turn to you.
Sustainer of all life, as a flower towards the sun:
We turn to you.

The Psalm[s]
Reader, announcing each reading:
Let us attend; words of life in [passage is announced]….
Reading[s]
Reader or service leader, after the readings:
Here ends the reading.
Here begins its outworking.
There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection. A Framework for reflection, may be used.

Let us respond to the questions Jesus asked of Peter.
Do you Love me?
Lord, you know that I love you.
Jesus said: Tend my sheep. And, Follow me.
A few moments to respond inwardly
Amen.
Amen

Blessèd are you, God, redeemer and life-giver;
to you be glory and praise for ever!
In the beginning, you spoke the world into being from the unformed emptiness. In Christ you spoke the Word of life into the unmaking void of death, raising your Life from death and enfolding us in that victory. God of new and eternal life:
Hallowed be your name

We ask for God’s eternal-life-giving to be known in our world, saying: Living God:
glorify your name
Concerns for the world and its people are brought before God, either at this point closing with the series of one-line responses below, or after that series or using each one-liner to prompt further prayers.

In this world of sin and death, and yet of blessings and common grace; Living God:
glorify your name.
In our world’s global community, in our world’s living systems;
Living God:
glorify your name.
In your church as we proclaim your new life in thought and word and deed; Living God:
glorify your name.
Among all whose lives our lives touch, friends, colleagues and families; Living God:
glorify your name.
In our laughter, and tears, in our fear and our hope; Living God:
glorify your name.
In our needs and weakness in our provision and supply; Living God:
glorify your name.  
[Rewritten from a prayer in Patterns of Worship, 1995]

God of Life in all its fullness, we come to you in sorrow for our sins, and confess to you our weaknesses and unbelief.
Recollection of what we need to confess.
We have lived within the horizons of this life alone, failing to take our bearings from eternal Life.
Merciful God, forgive us.
And restore us to life.
We have laid others in the tomb of our unforgiveness, withholding the word of life.
Forgive us, Merciful God
And restore us to life-giving.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of God.
a moment for quiet reflection on our forgiveness.
Who will rescue us from this body of death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

As we seek to forge a new future living the new life of Christ let us reflect on what the coming hours may bring, and pause to recognise the unexpected and unforeseeable will be part of our future .

When temptation seems to entomb us,
Roll away the stone.
When our values seem tested to destruction
Raise our hopes to new life.
When good and right ways ahead seem closed,
Help us to find your way through.
When we go forward expecting to anoint the dead
Surprise us with your Life.
When we walk in the old order of sin and death
Walk beside us, remind us of your purposes and reveal yourself to us afresh.
You have created us in Christ for good,
Help us to walk the paths you have prepared for us.

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