Fifth Sunday of Easter
‘But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God’ (Acts 7.55)
Lord Jesus, we praise you that you have taken the place of honour which is rightly yours at your Father’s right hand. As we remember your awful words from the cross, when you were forsaken for our sakes by the Father, we are truly grateful for all that you have done for us.
As we live our often busy and disordered lives on this earth, help us now and then to look to heaven, that we, like Stephen, through the power of the Spirit might glimpse your glory and be strengthened in our witness and service. We ask this for the honour and praise of your Name. Amen.
Sixth Sunday of Easter
‘For God has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the one he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all people by raising him from the dead’ (Acts 17.31)
Lord, we look forward with trembling and anticipation to that day when you will judge the world with justice. As we look around our world today we acknowledge that true justice is in short supply: so many experience injustices at the hands of others.
But we recognise too that our own lives fall short of your perfect justice. We do not always do what is right. Have mercy on us and on our world. Help us to love justice as you do, to act justly in our lives and to seek justice for others, that our world may more truly match your intention for us. We pray this that your glory might be revealed. Amen.
Seventh Sunday of Easter
‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1.8)
Lord, we recognise that without the power of your Holy Spirit we cannot be your witnesses. We need your Spirit to change our hearts and transform us. We need your Spirit to see and take all the opportunities for witness and service that you give us.
Forgive us for all the things in our lives that prevent your Spirit from doing his work: for our hardness of heart and paucity of vision; for our selfishness and our foolishness. Help us to open our lives to your gracious and powerful presence, so that we might be more effective in our witness and service for you. And may your church around the world be so empowered that we take our witness to your love to the very ends of the earth. For Jesus sake, Amen.
‘We hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!’ Amazed and perplexed they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’’ (Acts 2.11b-12)
Lord, your wonders are too many to name. We rejoice in the wonders of creation, this glorious world that you have made for us to explore and enjoy. We rejoice in the wonders of humanity, our great variety and creativity. We rejoice in the wonders of your sovereignty, that over all the world’s affairs you reign supreme. We rejoice in the wonders of our redemption, the saving work of your Son accomplished through the Cross and Resurrection.
Above all, we rejoice in the wonder of your love for each one of us. By the power of that same Spirit sent at Pentecost, please inspire and equip us to show forth your wonders to the world, that many may ask, ‘What does this mean?’ Amen.
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