Mighty God,

We praise you for the great surprise of Easter –Your transformation of what had seemed the end
Into a new beginning;Your turning of what had seemed the triumph of evil
Into the victory of love,
God of the unexpected,
Hear our prayer.

We praise you for the way you have changed the lives
Of Jesus’ followers –
Turning sorrow into celebration,
doubt to faith
Questions to answers
Confusion to confidence,
Darkness to light,
God of the Unexpected,
Hear our prayer.

Forgive us for doubting your love,
For losing sight of your purpose
For questioning your power
Forgive us for ignoring your greatness,
For forgetting that your ways are not our ways
Nor your thought our thoughts
God of the unexpected
Hear our prayer.

We pray for all those unable to make sense,
Of the situation they find themselves in,
Their hopes shattered by their experience of life –
Those who anxious, fearful, disillusioned, depressed.
Or having lost their homes, their employment,
Their livelihoods, their loved ones;
Afflicted by disease, disability, disaster,
Or exploited, oppressed,
Deprived of their basic human dignity.
God of the unexpected
Hear our prayer

May the surprise of Easter burst afresh
Into their and our own,
Revealing new possibilities to life 
And new meaning to each day and every moment,
Bringing new strength and opportunities,
Offering new hope for the future
And renewed purpose in the present
May this day we celebrate teach us to expect the unexpected
God of the unexpected
Hear this our prayer 

In the name of the risen and victorious Christ 



With thanksgiving for all our brothers and sisters who live and serve you in heaven, with hope for all your people on earth, we pray as Jesus taught us:

Our Father
Who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day
Our daily bread
And forgive us our debts
As we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory

For ever