Easter changes everything – not least prayer. After Easter Sunday the disciples were able to pray to the Risen Lord. We do not pray to a dead idol… to a memory… our prayers are not just blessed thoughts. They are to the Risen Lord. And they are not to a distant Lord. Because He has sent the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, we know that He is with us always – even to the ends of the earth. The death and resurrection of Jesus opens the door to the throne of mercy. Let’s walk through it with boldness!
Petition: Please join with us in praying for:
- Portugal –The number of confirmed cases is 15,987, with 470 deaths of those with Covid-19. Portugal is in a state of emergency and all airports are closed.
- Victoria – now has 1,265 cases (up from 1,115 a week ago) with 14 deaths (up 6) and 976 recovered. Australia has a whole has gone up to 6,289 (up 51 – another record low). There have been 57 deaths. 3,265 people have recovered.
- Remember those who have to work this Easter – especially health staff and police.
- Church leaders having to lead the strangest Easter services that most will ever have to do.
- Families who are apart at what is normally a time of family reunion and celebration.
A Prayer of Repentance:
Who through Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ has overcome death,
and opened to us the gate of everlasting life;
We humbly beseech You, that,
as by Your special grace going before us
You put into our minds good desires,
so by Your continual help we may bring the same to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer – Easter Sunday)
A Prayer of Thanksgiving: O Lord Jesus – we bless You that You are the resurrected one. You are the life and the giver of life. On this special day we rejoice that this is the Lord’s Day – and that every Sunday we remember and worship you as the living Saviour. Lord, we turn to You in our time of need. Whom else can we go to? Come to us. Forgive, heal, save and grant life. Amen.