Holy and merciful God,
We come before you as a broken people.
Our sinful thoughts and deeds obscure our focus
Upon your triumphant “yes!” of Easter.
Though your grace surrounds us everywhere we go,
Though you walk with us on our journey,
Though you take, break, bless, and give,
We too often say “no!” to your merciful invitation
To live freely for you and one another.
O Lord, forgive us our sins.
God of Easter,
Help us to recognize your risen-ness
Guide us that we might walk with you
Cleanse us that we might no longer be slaves to sin
Come to us in the breaking of the bread
Come to us as we are
but leave us not as we were;
In your mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.