Seventh Sunday of Easter C, May 8, 2016

Acts 16:16-34
Psalm 97:1-12
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
John 17:20-26

One: Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!
All: We lift up the Son who showed us such love and compassion. 
One: We are dwelling in the peace of the risen one. 
All: We are waiting for the wind, the fire, the Spirit. May we dwell in the Lord this day and into all the tomorrows. 

Gracious God, we are here with you today hearing of the actions of your followers and of the love shared amongst the Divine. O Alpha and Omega, envelop us in your holiness today. We come to you so very thirsty for the water of life you freely provide. Today we hope to quench our thirst and provide drink for others. 

Beloved, we are broken. Come to the Lord with a thirst for fullness. 

Christ Jesus, we are so often annoyed by those around us. We do not notice those enslaved by something inside them or by others. We do not even see our brothers and sisters captive much less help free them and provide a new path such that they can live a new life in you. Oh, compassionate one, forgive us our blindness and inaction. Help us to receive and share with the world the love that you and the Father share. Amen. 

On our behalf, Christ Jesus prayed that we may be one. Feel inside of you the unifying healing of forgiveness. Extend that healing to the world around you. Know that in Jesus Christ you are forgiven. 

Christ wants us to believe in him through our words. May we also believe in him through our actions. Let us bring forth our tithes and offerings. 

O Holy One, you give us so much.  May these gifts of our pockets that we have brought forth today along with the gifts you made of ourselves go to serve you today, tomorrow and beyond. Amen. 

Dear ones, we come to this table today to be servants – to be slaves, of the one most high. We do not deserve the invitation, but it is sent. We do not fully understand the implications of this cup and bread just as we don’t appreciate the living water. Yet comprehension is not required. This table is spread for us by the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Come and feel the love expressed by this meal. 

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