Time and Again: Resurrection as a Way of Life
We pray in solidarity with the peoples of the world, and for our community.
We gather again beside the empty tomb.
We bring our spices and ointments, rosemary, basil, aloe, myrrh
to tend with love the end of our hopes,
to lay to rest the brief bright promise of a different way.
We expect so little.
Life has taught us to be realistic;
religions have told us to be meek and grateful and prepared—glad, even—to suffer
to give ourselves away
to be redeemed through pain and loss.
We gather at the empty tomb once more
and we learn the lesson, again:
t hat from the emptiness, the absence, can come a miracle;
that even in our confusion and disbelief,
hope can rise again and lead the way.
We learn again that the abundance of the universe
is spread out before us.
In our brokenness, in our wholeness,
in our joyous times and in despair
and all we need to do is take, eat and drink,
is ask and we’ll receive
that we deserve—everything, all that there is:
all God is, all we are and all we can be.
With courage in our hearts once more, with renewed energy,
we walk in solidarity with the peoples of the earth
chanting freedom; making peace.
Once more beside the empty tomb
in the garden where hope is blossoming
and the tree of life bears fruits of healing,
once more, when least expected,
we find that we who expect so little are worth so very much.
Resurrected again from fear to daring
from cynicism to engagement
from the dull safety of the past to the exhilaration of a bright future
We are Easter People, embodying the risen Christ,
and the abundance of the table is ours
as we share it and heal each other.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE—St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington
Date: Sunday 8 April 2012 Service theme: Time and Again: Resurrection as a Way of Life
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