Easter Thanksgiving Prayer

Thank God for Mary, who recognised our Lord when he called her name.
Lord, how often do you call our names and we do not respond?  We pray for ears to hear your calling and hearts open to your prompting so that we, like Mary, can rejoice in your Good News and pass it onto others.
The Lord is risen!
He is risen indeed!

Thank God for Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Salome and Mary, James’s mother. They stuck to their story about seeing the risen Lord even though the apostles did not believe them.
Lord, when you use us as carriers of your message help us to be confident in our telling of your love and peace, and not give in to worldly pressure and distractions.
The Lord is risen!
He is risen indeed!

Thank God for Thomas, who doubted but then believed.
Lord, we so often find it hard to follow you and believe in all you have taught us.  Thank you that we can come to you every time we feel unsure and doubtful, and know that you will welcome us back.
The Lord is risen!
He is risen indeed!

Thank God for Peter who, despite his failings, was trusted by our Lord to carry the Good News into the world.
Lord, we fail so often. Again and again we get it wrong.   Like Peter, we have good intentions to never fail you, but still we do. Through Peter you show us that we can turn to you and say ‘sorry’ and start again, and be lifted of our burden of guilt and shame.
The Lord is risen!
He is risen indeed!

Thank God for Cleopas and his friend, who walked to Emmaus and recognised our Lord when he broke the bread.
Lord, we thank you for the Eucharist, given to us by you at your last supper.  May we, like Cleopas and his friend, recognise you in the breaking of bread and the sharing of wine and find refreshment and a new hope every time we come together as your disciples here in this church.
The Lord is risen!
He is risen indeed!  Amen.

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