O God of new beginnings, we rejoice that through your love, Christ has risen from the dead. Now we know that neither trouble nor persecution, hardship nor poverty, danger nor death can separate us from your love. Free us to live in the confidence that we are always your children.
In the resurrection, you were victorious over sin, violence and oppression. Free us to risk ourselves in the struggle for justice and peace.
In the resurrection, you have opened the gates of eternal life. Free us from the fear of death, that we may live and serve you with courage.
In the resurrection, you bring new possibilities out of hopelessness. Free us from all despair, that we might bring your hope to those who have lost heart.
Draw us into your community of freedom, hope and love, O God. Work your new creation among us, that we may love you without hesitation, and serve you without fear.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our risen Savior. Amen.
(UCC Book of worship, adapted)