But in fact…!

Death could not hold him; the grave could not contain him:
On the third day Jesus Christ rose from the dead!
 

Bulletin for: 
Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25).

A year ago I shared an Easter prayer that I had discovered, one based on Jesus’s words to his friend, Martha (recorded above). I received so many comments that I thought I would repeat it in this year’s Easter column. I encourage you to pray it with friends, family and loved ones sometime today. Try praying it around the group, each statement being prayed by the next person in the circle. To the Risen Son be the glory!

Risen Lord, be our resurrection and our life.
Be the resurrection and the life for each one here in this room.
Be the resurrection and the life for any we know who feel forsaken.
Be the resurrection and the life for any we know caught in the grip of sin and addiction.
Be the resurrection and the life for those who live as if you do not.
Be the resurrection and the life in us who know the good but fail to do it, who know love but still live for self, who know hope but succumb to despair.
Be the resurrection and the life for those dying of hunger.
Be the resurrection and life for those imprisoned unjustly and justly.
Be the resurrection and life for those who live under regimes opposed to your resurrection and life.
Be the resurrection and the life in families where the weak are mistreated by the strong.
Be the resurrection and the life in marriages that are disintegrating.
Be the resurrection and the life for people trafficked and enslaved by wickedness.
Be the resurrection and the life for infants and children who, unknowing, face threats to life and safety.
Be the resurrection and the life for any we know who are experiencing suffering and death.
Be the resurrection and the life in the love and fellowship we share. Fill us anew with the wonder of your grace. And may we proclaim your resurrection life to a world in the grip of death and yet on the verge of redemption, a redemption promised by you and confirmed by what occurred on the first Easter morning. Amen.