It was Your voice that called us to this place today,
that is sometimes mistaken for the Gardener.
You Risen Lord,
offer care and nurture
that inspires growth
within the garden of our faith.
But today as Your laughter
called out from the tomb,
You invited those who would hurry to greet You
this Easter Day,
to view that in You
the impossible can happen.
For You are a God who loves the unloveable
making space in the group that surround You
for all who have felt
unwanted by the world.
Your risen presence in life
turns all we know
on its head,
and tells us that when we thought all hope was gone
You are to be found
offering the opportunity of a new beginning.
Sometimes we are the unloveable that feel cast aside,
and we remember those times
when we have felt at odds with the world –
when we are lonely, bereaved, unwell or bullied –
and at these times
that You will call us to Your arms
for comfort and hope.
We also create the unloveable
and push others to the outskirts of our relationships
because they are different,
or because they do not fit with our plans.
Forgive us for our focus on ourselves
that in Your Resurrection within our faith
we might be called
to welcome the breadth of Your community and world.
In Jesus name,