Easter Prayer of Illumination

submitted by Andy James, First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone, Queens, New York

O risen Christ,
open us to the power of your resurrection
as we hear it proclaimed anew this day,
that we too might rise to new life in you.
Amen.

Call to Worship: Can You Believe It?

Submitted by Rev. Eric Beene, White Bluff Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia.

Leader: Christ is risen!
People: Christ is risen, indeed!
Leader: Can you believe it? Is it true? The women went to the tomb, and they came back saying that Jesus was raised from the dead! Christ is risen!
People: Christ is risen, indeed!
Leader: Can you believe it? What does it mean? He is stronger than any power, even the power of death! Christ is risen!
People: Christ is risen, indeed!
Leader: Can you believe it? What should we do? If we believe it, this news would change our lives, and it could even change the world! I need to say it over and over again, just to let it sink in. Christ is risen!
People: Christ is risen, indeed!
ALL: ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! LET US PRAISE THE LORD!

an opening prayer for Easter

submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church.

One: We come rushing to the empty tomb,
though we do not understand.
All: We come looking, hoping, praying
for new life against all odds.

One: We come singing Alleluias,
for light is streaming out of the darkness!
All: May our Alleluias ring out
as we rush to follow the risen Christ into the world!
Alleluia! Amen!