Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the ends of the earth: The Lord has freed his people, Alleluia. Isaiah 48.20
The call to be joyful echoes throughout this Sunday’s prayers and readings. We are, after all, still in the season of Easter. We continue to proclaim Christ’s victory over sin and death. We are an Easter people and hope lights our way.
Jesus, you said the healthy have no need of a physician,
so you brought your healing to the sick and your loving mercy to the sinful.
Those who have plenty have no need for words of hope and encouragement,
so you shone your light on the lost and you lifted up the broken hearted.
In our world today, we are so much in need of encouragement.
We need you to refresh our hope and ignite our joy.
Lift us up so we can see the many signs of your presence in the wonders around us,
and the light of your brilliance shining in the hearts of your people.
As we work together to find our way through our current crisis,
we thank you for solutions that are already unfolding.
We trust that you, who have carried us in the past, we continue to tend to us now.
Lord, we thank you for dwelling within us and among us. Alleluia!