Saturday Morning Prayer for Eastertide


Saturday Morning Prayer for Eastertide from Daily Prayer for All Seasons


As we begin the day, we focus on our calling to live faithfully,
for who knows what today holds?

Opening

Alleluia! O God, may the empty tomb
fill our hearts with faith. Alleluia!

Prayer

Jesus, our way, our truth, and our life: As the gift of this new day unfolds, open our hearts and minds to you, that we may see you clearly and follow where you lead; to you, risen Savior, we offer praise, now and always. Amen.

Canticle K
A Song of Our Adoption
Ephesians 1:3-10

Blessed are you, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, *
for you have blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
Before the world was made, you chose us to be yours in Christ, *
that we should be holy and blameless before you.
You destined us for adoption as your children through Jesus Christ, *
according to the good pleasure of your will,
To the praise of your glorious grace, *
that you have freely given us in the Beloved.
In you, we have redemption through the blood of Christ,
the forgiveness of our sins, According to the riches of your grace *
which you have lavished upon us.
You have made known to us, in all wisdom and insight, *
the mystery of your will,
According to your good pleasure which you set forth in Christ, *
as a plan for the fullness of time,
To gather together all things in Christ, *
things in heaven and things on earth.

Daily Office Lectionary

Link to Daily Office Lectionary Readings for Saturday:

Dan. 6:16-283 John 1-15Luke 5:27-39

Scripture

The angel said to the women at the tomb, “I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised, as he said.”
Matthew 28:6

Meditation: The Trouble with Easter

“But … I want the tomb full, like temple or tent —
with the Holy enshrouded in fabric un-rent.
Yes, I want death preserved in sweet-smelling spice;
not my neighbor perspiring the aroma of Christ.”
–Julia McCray-Goldsmith

How will we together embrace the gift of life in all
its fullness today?

Affirmation:

Canticle L
A Song of Christ’s Humility
Philippians 2:6-11

Though in the form of God, *
Christ Jesus did not cling to equality with God,
But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, *
and was born in human likeness.
Being found in human form, he humbled himself *
and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Therefore, God has highly exalted him *
and given him the name above every name,
That at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, *
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, *
to the glory of God the Father.

Prayers

In the work we do this day,
May the risen Christ teach us.
In the challenges we face this day,
May the risen Christ guide us.
Through the people we meet this day,
May the risen Christ renew us.

(Here, the people may add particular intercessions or thanksgivings.)

As we respond to the hungers and hurts of this world,
May the Spirit of the risen Christ strengthen us.

Our Father in heaven, 
     hallowed be your Name, 
     your kingdom come, 
     your will be done, 
         on earth as in heaven. 
Give us today our daily bread. 
Forgive us our sins 
     as we forgive those 
         who sin against us. 
Save us from the time of trial, 
     and deliver us from evil. 
For the kingdom, the power, 
     and the glory are yours, 
     now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer

Jesus, our friend and savior: Guide us in this new day, that we may know God’s desire for us and gain strength and courage to live as beloved children of God. Amen.

Going Out

Alleluia! O God, may the empty tomb
fill our hearts with faith. Alleluia!