Past, Current, Future: We Follow You (Exodus 3:1-15)

God of our beginning, you have called us to follow you.
We gather in this sacred place and open our hearts to you.
Even though we feel weak and inadequate,
we offer ourselves up to you.
Ignore our excuses, but instead use us to fulfill your plan here on earth.
Ignore the reasons we offer as to why we can’t and open our eyes to why we can.
Ignore our claims of inexperience, but remind us, you have given each of us
special gifts and talents.
Challenge us to be what we wish others would be.
Use us as you desire.

God of our today, you have called us to follow you.
You are with us always, in times of trial and in times of joy.
As our nation faces numerous crises, we ask that you grant us your peace
and your strength.
Hurricanes, floods, fires, pollution, political conflicts –
we live in unsettled times like every generation before us.
You hear our cries and know our fears.
As we reach out to support one another,
help us to feel your presence with us.
We ask that you be with those among us who need your healing grace.
We name __.
Challenge us to follow your teachings and to share your love with others.
Use us as you desire.

God of our tomorrow, you have called us to follow you.
We offer ourselves to you.
Open our hearts so that we can share your love with others.
Open our hands so that we can share our gifts and talents freely.
Open our ears so that we can hear the needs of those around us.
Open our eyes so that we see the world you want us to build.
Challenge us to truly be your followers.
Use us as you desire.

As your followers, we use the words your Son taught us,
“Our Father…”

People of the Resurrection (Luke 24:36b-48)

Today, we heard the story of your resurrection from Luke.
Huddled behind locked doors, their minds closed to what might be,
the disciples were scared and afraid of you at first.
Remind us, Lord, that we are the people of the resurrection.
Remind us to see you fully and completely in our lives.
Take our fears and uncertainties from our hearts.

We can’t understand fully the resurrection.
It defies our belief of the natural world.
Remind us, Lord, that we are the people of the resurrection.
Remind us to see you fully and completely in our lives.
Open our hearts to the truth of your teachings and
remove our doubts.

Our focus on the world around us sometimes causes us to miss the simple joys in life.
A moment with a friend,
the joy of a child taking their first steps,
the spring flowers emerging from the cold snows of the winter,
the laughter shared among family remembering memories of the past.
Remind us, Lord, that we are the people of the resurrection.
Remind us to see you fully and completely in our lives.
Open our eyes to your presence in our daily lives.

We are the people of the resurrection, your children,
brothers and sisters in the community of your church.
As such, and because of your teachings,
we are your witnesses.
Remind us that we are the people of the resurrection
and it is up to us to share the good news.
Give us the courage to tell others how your love has changed our lives.

We admit we don’t have all the answers.
We admit we have questions.
But we gather here today, as a community,
as your children, to say publicly that we believe.
We are the people of the resurrection, your people,
and you have changed our lives.
We know that you are with us always and we ask that you be with ___.

As the people of the resurrection, we are your witnesses.
Your original disciples recovered from their fear and doubts,
we learned your story from them.
Today we accept the cost and joy of your discipleship and know that
we are now to share the good news with others.
As we prepare to share that news, we use the words that you taught us,
“Our Father…”