At this dark time, as we await the hope of resurrection, we stand before you our God. We wait, and we hope, and we long for you to act.
We stand before you with fear and doubt, with concern, with hope, with disbelief, with despair. But in this time, and in this place, we nevertheless stand before you.
We pray for our leaders, for all entrusted with decisions that affect millions. For those with the power to change the world for better or worse, we pray that the hope of new life will reach into the corridors of power.
We pray for nations whose inhabitants are trapped in cycles of poverty, hunger and suffering. For people whose future promises no life, and whose past gives little reason for hope. We pray that the hope of new life will reach into the forgotten agonies of those without hope.
We pray for those concerned about their health, about their mortality, consumed with the pressures of body and mind. May the promise of new life reach deep into the lives of those who live in fear.
As your people, we stand before you, a sum of all the hopes and all the fears of all the descendants of Adam, and we wait, and we hope, and we long for you to act. Bring this dark night to an end, and bless our world with the glorious dawn of your resurrection light.