we give thanks that we can gather
to celebrate your risen life.
We’d prefer to sing,
to have wine as well as bread,
hot cross buns and tea after the service,
to hug friends,
and not to wear masks.
but we’re here, gathered in your name,
and for that, we give thanks.
We pray for the world you made,
thanking you for signs of new life and hope:
for the possibility of meeting friends
and mingling with our families.
Amidst this tentative joy,
we remember those who still suffer,
and those who still grieve.
We give thanks for those still working hard
to tend those who are ill:
give them hope that soon there will be rest
and time to mend.
We pray for those who will, today
be with you in paradise
and for those who will miss them.
Risen Lord Jesus,
on this, your resurrection day,
our praise is muted,
and things are not as we expected.
May the wonder of your resurrection
dawn in in our hearts
and take root in our lives,
quietly, steadily, and with love.