Call to worship
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from heaven will break upon us,
to shine on those who live in darkness,
under the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace. (St Luke 1: 78 – 79)
Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray,
Lord of life and conqueror of death,
you are our help in every time of trouble.
In the presence of death,
you comfort those who mourn.
We bow before you,
believing you bear our grief
and share our sense of loss following
the incomprehensible actions of Easter Day 2019.
Give us grace to trust in your goodness and mercy.
Assure us that because Christ lives,
Those who died shall live also;
through Jesus Christ with whom we pray
as we say, Our Father…
The Reading is Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I lack for nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me to water where I may rest;
he revives my spirit;
for his name’s sake he guides me
in the right paths.
Even were I to walk through a valley
of deepest darkness
I should fear no harm, for you are with me;
your shepherd’s staff and crook
afford me comfort.
You spread a table for me
in the presence of my enemies;
you have richly anointed my head with oil,
and my cup brims over.
Goodness and love unfailing will follow me
all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
throughout the years to come. Amen
Prayers for others
We pray together,
We remember and offer you the past,
even with its trauma and tragic loss
on that most special day for Christians.
Jesus said, “How blessed are those who mourn,
They shall be comforted.” (St Matthew 5: 4)
We offer you the present.
You are at work
in the compassion that continues to come
from the world community
to Sri Lanka following those terror bombs.
We offer you the future.
It is changed,
because family members, friends,
neighbours and colleagues are no longer with us.
We feel uncertain and diminished,
yet you will not fail us.
You still have work for us to do
to make this a safer more peaceful island and world.
And we give thanks that at the last you will re-unite us
with those who have gone home before us,
into the new life of your everlasting kingdom.
These prayers of commemoration we offer in the name
of Jesus Christ,
who died and rose for us,
and is alive for ever. Amen
Jesus said, I will be with you always,
to the end of time. (St Matthew 28: 20)
May the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us this day and for evermore. Amen.