Call to worship
O Christ, in your resurrection,
the heavens and the earth rejoice. Alleluia!
By your resurrection, you broke open the gates of hell and destroyed sin and death.
Keep us victorious over sin.
By your resurrection, you raised the dead and brought us from death to life.
Guide us in the way of eternal life.
By your resurrection, you confounded your guards and executioners and filled the disciples with joy.
Give us joy in your service.
By your resurrection, you proclaimed the good news to the women and apostles and brought salvation to the whole world.
Direct our lives as your new creation.
Opening prayer of confession
in raising Jesus from the grave,
you shattered the power of sin and death.
We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by the ways that lead to death.
We overlook the poor and the hungry,
and pass by those who mourn;
we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed,
and indifferent to calls for peace;
we despise the weak,
and abuse the earth you made.
Forgive us, God of mercy.
Help us to trust your power
to change our lives and make us new,
that we may know the joy of life abundant
given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord. (Silent prayer) Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
The one who lived for us, the one who died for us, the one who rose for us, forgives us and makes us one!
Thanks be to God.
Hymn: 750 Goodness is Stronger than Evil
Prayers of the people and the Lord’s Prayer
Hymn: 245 Christ the Lord is risen today