Prayers at home for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Prayers at home on the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

If God raised his Son from death to life, bringing victory out of disaster,

he can also renew human lives.

Feelings of failure, rejection or resentment are changed into opportunities for healing, forgiveness and service. As todays Collect prays, God puts

“into our minds good desires” and “helps us to bring them to good effect”.

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

Acclamation

Christ once raised from the dead dies no more: death has no more dominion over him.

In dying he died to sin once for all: in living he lives to God.

See yourselves therefore as dead to sin: 

and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.                            (Romans : 9-11)

Lord Jesus Christ,

as we celebrate you victory over all the 

powers of darkness, evil and death, we pray

that we may know your strength to rise above

our fears and failures, and travel with you

in the way of love. Amen.

Penitence.

God is present everywhere and so we ask him to help us examine the words of our mouths, the deeds of our bodies and the desires of our minds as we confess our sins to him.

When we are quick to criticise others, but slow to praise them……

Lord have mercy

When we bear grudges and find it hard to forgive…..

Christ have mercy

When we are preoccupied with ourselves and give little thought for others….

Lord have mercy.

Almighty God who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy on us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and keep us in life eternal, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Collect and Readings.

Almighty God, who through you only begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Acts 7 : 55-60

Psalm 31 : 1-5, 15-16

1 Peter 2 : 2-10

John 14 : 1-14

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.

Heavenly Father we pray for your Church, that we may all be one in Christ our risen Saviour. May all the baptised grow in knowledge of you and faithfully serve you, that your kingdom may come and your will be done. We pray for Bishop Gregory and for all clergy and lay workers that they may be faithful ministers of your truth and grace.

We pray for the Queen and for those who hold authority, that there may be peace and justice on the earth. Give to all peoples grace to do your will in all that they plan and undertake that the whole earth may give you praise and glory.

Fill us with compassion for those of your people who suffer grief, trouble or injustice that they may be delivered from all distress. We pray for the sick and for those who care for them.

We remember with thanksgiving those who have died. We praise you for your saints who have entered into eternal rest, may we also come to share in your eternal joy.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.