Benefice of Derwent Ings
PRAYER FOCUS APRIL 2018
In 2018 April Fool’s Day coincides with Easter Sunday. As Christ’s victory over death throws open the gate to life immortal God has also made foolish those who hung him on the cross for selfish ends.
God raised him on the third day and he appeared to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses Acts 10.40-41
Almighty God, who through your only begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life. Grant that we who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
We do not always take seriously
how our thoughtlessness and laziness impact upon creation. As we reflect on the ways in which we have wasted, misused or taken for granted what you have so generously provided, we ask for your forgiveness and pray that you will show us how to be better stewards. O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth. Amen.
The opening of John’s Gospel records how through Christ, all creation came into being. Yet the events of Holy Week, which began with his triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, would lead to the death of the creator at the hands of wicked and foolish men. So we pray:
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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