Newness of life


(Photo: Irene Bom)

 

A prayer

Risen Christ, bring newness of life
into our stale routines,
into our wearied spirits,
into our tarnished relationships.

 
from Prayer Rhythms: Fourfold Patterns for Each Day
by Ray Simpson, p. 29
 


A blessing

The God of life go with us,
the Risen Christ beside us,
the vibrant Spirit within us.
Amen!

 
from Prayer Rhythms: Fourfold Patterns for Each Day
by Ray Simpson, p. 30
 

Resurrection light

Sun detail from mosaic wall, Scots International Church Rotterdam
Mosaic wall, Scots International Church Rotterdam  (Photo: Irene Bom)
 

I make no apologies for including another Easter prayer, as we are still in the season of Easter, enjoying the afterglow.

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!

Pastoral Prayer for Easter – and beyond

When everything was dark
and it seemed that the sun would never shine again,
your love broke through.

Your love was too strong,
too wide,
too deep
for death to hold.

The sparks cast by your love
dance and spread
and burst forth
with resurrection light.

Gracious God,
We praise you for the light of new life
made possible through Jesus.

We praise you for the light of new life
that shone on the first witnesses of resurrection.

We praise you for the light of new life
that continues to shine in our hearts today.

We pray that the Easter light of life, hope and joy
will live in us each day;
and that we will be bearers of that light
into the lives of others. Amen.

by Rev. Michaela Youngson, posted on Preach the Story.


From the blog:
Morning prayer #1
 

The whole bright world rejoices


Fellow festival-goers in lights, Edinburgh 2017  (Photo: Irene Bom)

 
After a series of solemn daily meditations for Holy Week, now for something bright and cheerful: a seventeenth century Easter carol, to channel our “laughing cheer” and “boundless joy”, for Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed!

Easter carol

The whole bright world rejoices now:
with laughing cheer! with boundless joy!
The birds do sing on every bough:
Alleluia!

Then shout beneath the racing skies:
with laughing cheer! with boundless joy!
To him who rose that we might rise:
Alleluia!

God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost:
with laughing cheer! with boundless joy!
Our God most high, our joy, our boast:
Alleluia!

 
from The Book of a Thousand Prayers by Angela Ashwin, #822
 


From the blog – also on an Easter theme
2017 windows on Holy Week #8