Prayers for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Prayers at home for the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

The first Easter Day was a sure sign that a new chapter had begun in the
human quest for God, The resurrection of Jesus Christ gives
us hope that all may rise from darkness into a new relationship with God
“seeking” – as todays Collect puts it – “those things which are above”
the coming of his Kingdom on earth as in heaven.

Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Acclamation

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
If we endure, we will also reign with him;
If we deny him, he will also deny us: if we are faithless, he remains faithful;
The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack
and save me for his heavenly kingdom.
To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (2 Tim 2 : 8, 11-13; 4:18)

Penitence
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all.

Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to ammend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

May almighty God have mercy of us, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Collect & Readings
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life: raise us, who trust in him from the death of sin to the life of righteousness, that we may seek those things which are above, where he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Acts 2 : 42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2 : 19-25
John 10 : 1-10

Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of Jesus

Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures;
he was buried; he was raised to life on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers, and to all the apostles;
this we have received and this we believe. (1 Cor 15 : 3-7)
This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Intercessions

Father in heaven, we pray for all peoples in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the Church, for Bishop Gregory and for all who lead, teach and minister in Christ’s name. Grant that we may be nourished in our faith and understanding and bear daily witness to Christ’s love
Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.
We pray for the nations of the world and for those who take authority to serve the cause of justice and human well being. Give the leaders of the nations wisdom, courage and integrity that your will may be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.
We pray for those who are afflicted in the present pandemic. Father, fill them with resurrection hope and bless those who stand by them in their need.
Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.
We pray for the people we are called to serve, in the home, the neighbourhood and at work. Help us to work hard at building relationships and to strive for reconciliation when they break down.
Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.
We pray for those who suffer from illness, lonliness or loss. Raise them from despair to hopefulness and health.
Lord of life, in your mercy, hear us.
We remember with thanksgiving those who have died. Strengthen all who mourn, with the sure hope that, in Christ, their loved ones are raised to fullness of life.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers, for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Our Father

(If you are able you might like to make the Act of Spiritual Communion now with others who are keeping this prayer time with you)

Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!