Pastoral Prayer - April 5th, 2015

Abba Father,

We give our thanks to you this day and everyday, Father Almighty Maker of Heaven and Earth…but today…we are a little more thankful than we are other days.  Because it all starts here, doesn’t it.  Today is the day that things turned the corner for humanity.  We wonder if you are celebrating today, as we are?  We have words, and paintings, and even movies now that imagine what it was like when Jesus stepped out of that tomb.  But you, Father…you were there…you saw it with your own eyes…felt it with your own heart…experienced it with your own flesh.  You must be celebrating with us, matter of fact you are celebrating for us.

Because the truth is Jesus, we don’t like to remember the reason behind the reason we are celebrating.  Why you were in a tomb in the first place.  Why you experienced death to begin with.  It was because of us…our selfishness…our chaos we bring into this word.  So forgive us in our celebration that we are so quick to forget why you were resurrected.  And in that forgiveness let us celebrate that our death has been swallowed up in victory.  Let us celebrate that our selfishness and sin perished on that cross.  Let us celebrate that when you emerged from that tomb, so did a completely new version of humanity emerge right along with you…a completely new version of ourselves.

So Holy Spirit, you are welcome here.  Come fill this place, fill our individual space and continue to pick us up, spin us around, and make everything new.  Help us to continue to celebrate tomorrow, and the next day, and some odd Tuesday several months from now.  Help us celebrate with our hands by being agents of healing for those broken and ill around us.  Help us to celebrate with our hearts, by mirroring forgiveness and reconciliation to those we love and those we consider our enemies in our midst. 

Thank you God, for making a way for us to be reunited with you and making a way for the resurrection to be experienced everyday, in this life and in the next.  Now in one united voice we pray the prayer our resurrected savior taught us when we pray together…

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Amen