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Joachim among the Shepherds / Bondone, Giotto di, 1266?-1337 / 1303-1306 (Click the picture for more information)
Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the prayers is available though Augsburg Fortress [link].
  • Thematic
  • Mighty God,
    in whom we know the power of redemption,
    you stand among us in the shadows of our time.
    As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life,
    uphold us with knowledge of the final morning
    when, in the glorious presence of your risen Son,
    we will share in his resurrection,
    redeemed and restored to the fullness of life
    and forever freed to be your people. Amen.


    Living God,
    long ago, faithful women
    proclaimed the good news
    of Jesus' resurrection,
    and the world was changed forever.
    Teach us to keep faith with them,
    that our witness may be as bold,
    our love as deep,
    and our faith as true. Amen.


    Creator of the universe,
    you made the world in beauty,
    and restore all things in glory
    through the victory of Jesus Christ.
    We pray that, wherever your image is still disfigured
    by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war and greed,
    the new creation in Jesus Christ may appear in justice, love, and peace,
    to the glory of your name. Amen.
  • Intercessory
  • Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world
    to God who raised Jesus to new life.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Through the resurrection of your son, O God,
    you destroy the power of death
    and remove your people's shame.
    By the power of the Spirit,
    raise us from sin
    and seat us at the paschal feast,
    that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation
    Jesus has won for us. Amen.
  • Scripture
  • O God, at this evening hour,
    the risen Christ revealed himself to his disciples
    in the breaking of bread.
    Feed us with the bread of life
    and break open our hearts,
    that we may know him
    not only in the good news of the scriptures,
    but risen in the midst of your pilgrim people. Amen.