PRAYER IN PREPARATION: God of life and light, on those days following the first Easter, you walked through the closed doors of our doubts and fears. You held us tight until the warmth of your grace softened our hearts. You handed us the gift of peace to calm our frightened faith. Encourage us with your presence again , that we may be emboldened to live as faithful witnesses to your hope and mercy. Amen.
CALL TO WORSHIP
We gather in the name of the risen Lord.
In us, among us, the peace of Jesus.
We gather as sisters and brothers of the resurrected one.
In us, among us, the presence of Jesus.
We gather to share our faith and to worship God.
In us, among us, God's light and God's love.
We gather to proclaim the good news of Easter.
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Living God, you have called us into covenant, but we have chosen instead to go our own way. You have given us light and we have preferred to walk in shadows. We try to fool others and end up deceiving ourselves. In our stressful world, you give love and joy to our lives, yet we fear that your gifts are too good to be true. You offer us life itself, but we choose not to receive it. Forgive us, O God, draw us again into your marvelous light. Help us to trust in Christ's victory over sin and death, that we may live righteously and abundantly with you and all your people.
SCRIPTURE John 20:19-31, p. 115