May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may abound in hope.
Prayer of the Bible
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly. Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
-Pslam 85: 7-9
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
-Stuart Townsend “In Christ Alone”
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her. On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
In all my prayers for others, I always pray with Joy
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
-2 Corinthians 13:11