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Easter Day

Prayers 7 April 2013 - Karen Stallard

Gracious God

We thank you for the great reassurance we can discover through the resurrection story.

Thank you for the hope we have that our suffering is only momentary.

Thank you that your Spirit can bring new life even at the point of death.

We think of all those who are suffering as this time, whether it be through poverty, sickness, oppression, violence, war, famine or floods.

We ask that a resurrected hope which brings reassurance be with them at this time of suffering.

We thank you for the great reassurance we can discover through the resurrection story.

We pray for the people of North and South Korea.
As tensions escalate between North Korea and the US and South Korean governments we ask for the people on all sides to cling on to hope.
A hope that one day a closed door will be opened, that sanctions can be lifted,
that the poor in North Korea can have access to the aid the rest of the world can give,
that the economy of North Korea can be built through healthy relations with the rest of the world, that the people of South Korea can become friends with their neighbours without the threat of violence and bloodshed.
We pray that the US would hope they can negotiate peacefully with North Korea and not feel an aggressive need to show their military power due to fear.

We thank you for the great reassurance we can discover through the resurrection story.


For Children Everywhere, at Easter - Andrew Gardner

Joy! Life! Spring!

Do things sometimes make you sad? They do me, sometimes they make me cry. Grown-ups are allowed to sometimes. But I'd like you to think about all the things that make you happy, that make you laugh, or dance, or fall about because you love life so much. If you like, and I'd like you to, you can jump up and down every time you think, "Spring!"

Joy! Life! Spring!

We praise you Lord for the hope in life You bring.
Let us be upstanding in our worship,
With Joy! Life! Spring!

The winter months are fading now, at last,
The relief of daylight greets us as we wake,
With Joy! Life! Spring!

Life unfading, never ending,
You promise
On this Earth, that was Your own choice to provide
And in the world to come.

We praise Your gifts
With Joy! Life! Spring!
Bless us Lord on this happiest of days,
With Joy! Life! Spring!