Today we hear more about the call into
the life that does not die
and are encouraged to enter into
Jesus teaching on Love and so find God indwelling in the True Self.
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Sixth Sunday of Easter
17 May 2020
God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
God our Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:
may we thirst for you,
the spring of life and source of goodness,
through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
Homily Easter 6
A prayer “Light in the Darkest Times”
Loving, ever-living and compassionate God,
You understand the pain of loss, the heartache of bereavement,
May we hold in our hearts all those whose families or friends have died.
You are a light that shines in the darkest times,
Be with all who are in sickness and sorrow.
You comfort us in times of fear,
May we comfort each other, even as we keep apart.
You console and lead us in times of doubt and confusion,
May we follow the light of your love and spread hope.
You move hearts to acts of generosity,
May we be led to share what we have with those in need.
God of life,
We thank you for the signs of your light in the midst of our darkness,
May we be signs of your compassion in the heart of your world.
In the company of the living God, let us pray
Lord of life, we pray that the Church and the world may be alive with your risen life;
refreshed and revived by the Spirit of truth. May we who love you keep your commandments, and show your saving love to a searching world.
Lord of life, we pray for people across the world moving through different stages of the coronavirus crisis. Give governments and health authorities wisdom and insight for the decisions that have to be made, as they balance health concerns and public safety with economic considerations and the needs of their people in many ways.
Lord of life, in whom we live and move and have our being, we pray for our local communities and give thanks for all who serve the common good at this time; especially health service personnel in hospitals and medical centres ; care home staff; paramedics; pharmacists and other key workers. May they discern your purpose and guidance in all they do, and find encouragement through the appreciation of others.
Lord of life, we pray for families and households during this time of restrictions, and for those who live alone. May we know the abiding of the Spirit in our midst; may our words and actions speak of your faithful love, acceptance and compassion. We pray too for impoverished families across the world, those without the many blessings we often take for granted, and all at very high risk of Covid-19 infection.
Lord of life, we remember before you the sick and suffering – in hospital, at home or in residential care; and for those who minister to them or watch over them anxiously. We pray too for all who are unsettled, fearful about the future, and for the bereaved. Help us all to trust you in dark times, and breathe new life and hope to those in despair.
Lord of life, as we commend to you those who have died recently and those we have loved, we pray for any who made that journey alone. May they all know your mercy and find the light of heaven, and keep us all in the way that leads to eternal life.
Lord of life, we rejoice in Jesus’ promise that because he lives, we will also live. Help us to live this day, this week through good and ill, and in growing trust of your eternal love. Amen.