This Is the Night

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Father of Glory,
this is the night
in which your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ
shook the earth,
opened heaven,
and defeated hell.
Calm our fears
with the good news
that he is risen indeed.
Fill our hearts
with the joy of his resurrection
and the peace of his forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ,
our living Savior,
who reigns in glory
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Prayer for Easter Eve, Series A, from Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries, copyright © 2019 Paul C. Stratman

The prayers, all newly composed, are written in classic collect form and find their themes in the readings for each Sunday in the lectionary. This book gives additional options for the Prayer of the Day/Opening Prayer. These prayers may also be used for concluding petitions in the Prayer of the Church (Prayers of Intercession or Prayers of the People) or may be used as closing prayers that fit thematically with the readings of the day. Pastors, lectors and worship planners may find this to be a valuable resource for prayers in the worship service.

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Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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