19 Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 20 (Year B)Read More
Living God, today’s Good News is so wondrous, so magnificent,
that we struggle to wrap our heads around it.
Give our hearts the wisdom to receive
that which our heads cannot fully understand.
Send your Spirit to fill our whole bodies with your resurrection promise.
This we pray in your holy and good name. Amen.
Even the obstacle of death has been removed between us and God.
If death no longer stands in our way,
we can be sure that our sin does not either.
Let us confess our sins
that they may be washed away by the mercy of our risen Lord.
this week has had within it such trials, such tribulations, and such sorrows.
But they are all washed away.
They are washed away by the grace
that gushes from that empty tomb.
Your creation relentless; it will not be ended by death’s devices.
We gather for there is a story that needs to be told,
a joyful song that cries out to be sung!
Jesus Christ is risen today!
Friends, the tomb is empty! The stone has been rolled away!
Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!
For three days he lay in that cold and lonely cave.
But God’s love cannot be contained by anything, not even death!
Thanks be to God, who gives us victory throughout our Risen Lord.
Death has been swallowed up in victory!
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?
Christ is risen!
He is risen, indeed!
Come, let us worship the Risen Christ!
God of the tomb,
your Son has entrusted his life to you
in the moment when all is dark and hope seems nothing but a memory.
The body that was broken has been buried and the song that we had sung is now silent.
God of love,
When death seems to have the final word, give us courage.
When hope seems to be buried, give us endurance.
When stones seal us from the light, give us love.
Above all, give us the trust
that now is the only companion for your Son in that lonely tomb.
In the name of the One whose death will give us life, we pray. Amen.