Dear God and Father of our living Lord,
we praise you for the power of your forgiving, life-giving love!
We thank you for raising Jesus from the dead.
We thank you for the wonderful gifts of forgiveness and salvation
that we can enjoy because of Jesus.
We thank you for the Bible,
which helps us see how God’s love transformed the lives of Jesus’ first followers.
We thank you for Christians through the ages,
who have loved and followed you as they were transformed by your love.
We thank you for inviting us to follow you, too,
and for your willingness to transform our lives and faith communities.
We love you and want to follow your son, Jesus.
Thank you for continuing to live in us and with us.
Thank you that your love, which is stronger than sin and death,
can and does lead through suffering to joy.