We remember today, the pain and suffering of the cross, and all that Jesus was willing to endure, so we could be set free. He paid the price, such a great sacrifice, to offer us the gift of eternal life.
Help us never to take for granted this huge gift of love on our behalf. Help us to be reminded of the cost of it all. Forgive us for being too busy, or distracted by other things, for not fully recognizing what you have freely given, what you have done for us.
Thank you Lord that by your wounds we are healed. Thank you that because of your huge sacrifice we can live free. Thank you that sin and death have been conquered, and that your Power is everlasting.
Thank you that we can say with great hope, “It is finished…” For we know what’s still to come. And death has lost its sting. We praise you for you are making all things new. In Jesus’ Name
We thank you O God, that the night is over - that through the resurrection of Jesus a new day has dawned - a day in which your light dispels even the darkness of death.
Grant courage, we pray, this day to those who struggle with pain and suffering. Give strength to those seek justice and resist evil - even to the point of death. Grant them the vision of your eternal kingdom, and show to them in their bodies and in their souls the victory that Christ has won for them and for all his faithful servants.
God we thank you that we are not alone - that you are present and work in us - as you worked in Christ Jesus - to reconcile and make new all who live in your world. Help us to always share the peace that we know through him with those who are in conflict -- to pour out your love upon those who are lonely and afraid -- and to share the bounty you have granted us with those who are in need.
Gracious Father - we pray to you this day that you would make our praise a matter of both word and of action and that our faith, being established by the truth of Christ's resurrection, might result in new life within us, and in glory and honour always being ascribed to thee - we ask it in Jesus' name. Amen