I wrote this gathering a few years ago but never used it. this seemed to be the year.
We are here
because we’re people who have heard a rumour
that there’s life to be found on the other side of death.
We’re here because just the rumour is enough to bring
and just the hope is enough to bring us a moment of life.
We’re here because even though it is only a flicker,
it’s changed our death forever.
Welcome to worship.
Prayer of confession
We confess, God
that we look for the living among the dead:
that we wish things would return to just how they were
rather than looking for where love might be alive now.
We confess that we don’t have the faith to believe
that life might come into our darkest hells.
We confess that it’s too dangerous to believe it.
Give us the faith to leave the death we know
and to search out the places
in the world
where life might be found.
Prayer for the world
Today we find ourselves in a world where the inevitable
no longer seems sure,
and we wonder what else is made possible
because of the resurrection:
what walls will be broken
and what darkness will be destroyed;
what death will be shown for what it is:
to come again.
You are invited to come and light a candle, and to say a prayer, either silently or out loud, for the world.
As you leave,
you might like to take a piece of cloth with you.
Send us into the world, God
ready to encounter resurrection:
to point to love’s presence
to light another’s darkness
to speak your peace into the world’s pain.
and may we go as people who know there is another end to the story
and who will not live with fear anymore.