Good and gracious God,
Our most glorious Creator,
As we greet the signs in nature around us:
of Spring once again regaling us in bloom,
in the songs of returning birds and fields soon to be planted,
we give you praise for an even greater sign of new life:
the resurrection of your Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The sadness and despair of his death has given way
to the bright promise of immortality.
For the Resurrection is our guarantee that
justice will triumph over iniquity,
light will overcome darkness, and
love will conquer death.
As we celebrate, we also dare to ask for your grace
that we may live the promise given to us,
by imitating the life of Jesus in reaching out to the poor,
the marginalized, the least among us,
as we strive to be neighbor to all those we meet.
With your help, may we become a
beacon of hope and justice
in a world hungry for peace
and so in need of your love.
We ask your special blessings on our family, our community, our
country and our world; on all those who are sick,
all those who care for them; and
all who perform the tasks necessary to life.
We ask your mercy on all those who have died, and
your comfort on all who grieve.
We praise you in this Easter season. Lord, change our hearts
so we might change our lives to be messengers of
Easter hope and promise.
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord forever.