God of Resurrection Power:
Just as You called Mary’s name that first Easter morning,
we know You are calling our name today,
calling us to be Your resurrection presence in a work
that is sometimes overwhelmed with death, despair and hopelessness.
We are being called, in this season,
to give birth to a new era of doing justice,
of speaking up,
of offering solidarity,
of being Your hands, eyes, ears, and heart
to a world where so many still have no justice,
no place to worship,
no place to be who they are.
God, We Pray:
Use our gifts and our prayers, today,
to bless the Global Justice Institute.
We thank You for the vision of MCCers
who have led the way
and made this day possible.
We thank You for our sisters and brothers in The Fellowship
who join us in this bold new venture, that is not truly new,
but an evolution and continuation
of all that You have done through us
from the beginning.
Jesus, We Pray:
Help us connect
with all who stand in need of healing, help, and hope.
Help us to be
ever vigilant, faithful and generous.
Thank You for all the ways
in which You have already raised us up and
help us to be the people You created us to be,
for Your great purpose of love.
Holy Spirit, We Pray:
In the clamor and din of a noisy, hectic world,
help us to hear Your voice this Easter morning,
and to respond with all our hearts, as one!
This We Pray:
In the Name of the Risen One,
Alleluia and Amen.
Easter Sunday Offertory Sentences
The Rev. Jim Birkitt
Offertory Sentence One
Our giving reflects our commitment to justice and peace. May our generosity this day bless the Global Justice Institute so that peoples of the earth, wherever they may be oppressed, persecuted or divided, will come to know freedom, liberation and unity, through the gracious rule of the Risen Redeemer, who reigns with the almighty and everlasting God and the Holy Spirit, one God, both now and forever.
Offertory Sentence Two
Our giving is an act of worship. Therefore, let us hear the words of the Psalmist, who declared, “Give to God the honor due unto God’s Name; bring offerings and come into God’s presence.” (Psalm 96:8)
Offertory Sentence Three
As we follow the Risen Jesus on the journey of justice, hear Jesus’ words to from the Gospel of John, chapter 14, verse 12, “I tell you this truth: Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am returning to Creator God.”
Offertory Sentence Four
As we give boldly and with generous hearts, know that we are forever an Easter people — the Risen Jesus is the center of our faith, the Resurrection is our hope, love is our motivation, peace is our desire, justice is our passion — and Alleluia is our song!