Almighty God, we contemplate the mighty acts through which your Son won our salvation. Therefore, before your grace we pray for the Church, the world, and persons who are in need.
Creator of all, gathering in peace and quietness today, we are aware of our many sisters and brothers in Christ who bear his cross forward in the world and suffer persecution. Sustain these by your mighty Spirit and let the blood of the martyrs truly be the seed of your Church.
Gracious Father, let the cross of our Lord Jesus be our source of hope and power. May we never be ashamed of the foolishness of Christ crucified. May we who are sinful, and yet forgiven be empowered to boldly proclaim the cross as your wisdom and righteousness. Bring others to experience its life-giving power.
Spirit of God, teach the nations of the world the way of peace, justice, and humble service. Overcome prejudice and hatred in all places. Let Jesus lifted high up on the cross draw all nations to you.
Holy Spirit which guides us, we pray for your church working through its pastors, teachers, leaders, and for all the faithful who gather around the crucified and risen Lord. Teach us through the revelation found in the Holy Scriptures. Cure us with the healing waters of baptism and feed us with the Bread of Life,
Healing Lord, we pray for the needs of those who are ill. We ask your assistance upon those suffering marital separation, divorce and poverty of any kind. We lift up those afflicted with alcohol or drug addictions for empowerment and cure. Finally, given your never-failing love given through your Son, we lift up the needs of those persons known to you by faith. This day, we pray especially for Bark Dougherty, Marilyn Elliott, Chenee’ Starks, Gideon Line and Hunter Ray. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Eternal God, just as our Lord Jesus considered us and showed us the gateway of eternal life, remember all those for whom death draws near. We ask that all who approach that daunting time, be given the Spirit of Hope provided. We especially pray today for the families of those who were killed in the aircraft disaster in the nation of France. Allow your soothing peace to rest upon them.
Finally blessed Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God before us, unite us at your table with all those who rest in your presence now, and raise us up with them to share in your eternal Easter festival.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Into your hands, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, for the sake of your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.