The following is the Sunday morning prayer offered by Paul Ribbe at the BCF Easter service about four years ago, as recorded by Jason Meyer:
Most exalted and loving Jesus, we bring our praise and worship to you this morning. You have indeed been raised from the dead! You are alive!
What we celebrate today is the crowning miracle of your Gospel, the Good News: It’s the Greatest News ever heard by mankind in all of history!
Because of your death on the cross in our place, and your glorious resurrection from the tomb, we are no longer alienated from the Father, dead and rotting in our sins – Instead, we are completely wrapped in the perfection of your righteousness.
We have hope in this life and assurance of the life to come! You will present us – even me, Lord(!) -- to God the Father – holy, and blameless, and above reproach. And those who have passed away in you, who have “gone to sleep” in you, are today in Paradise with you.
Because you, Lord Jesus, have been raised from the dead, everything has changed. You are the first-fruits and the guarantee of a whole “new
Redemption, reconciliation, and restoration are your gifts of grace to us.
The decline and decay of our earthly bodies will soon give way to the glory of our resurrection bodies. Death is swallowed up in victory!
“Thanks be to God who gives us that victory through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord."
We thank you that the kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of God our Father, and of you, Lord Jesus! You are already reigning, and you will reign forever and ever.
All evil powers and Satan himself have already been defeated by your death and resurrection. And, one day they will be completely removed when you return for your own.
Our prayer is: “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”
Jesus, your death was the death of sin and death itself, and your resurrection is beginning of life – new and victorious life for all those who love you.
The wonder of it all!
By your compelling grace, Lord Jesus, open our eyes and minds to see you in your beauty. Free us from the emptiness of living for ourselves, and may we live for the praise of your glory.
Bring your resurrection power to bear in our homes, in our church, and in our community. Capture our children early and re-capture our hearts when we drift.
Speak to us from your Word this morning through your servant, David, and hear us as we sing your praises.
May the rest of our days be spent for your glory, empowered by your Holy Spirit. So, Risen Lord Jesus, we pray in your most glorious and worthy name, AMEN.