Lord God, our Father,
we bless and praise You,
for the mercy You have shown
by offering new life and new hope
in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
You offer an inheritance
that is unfading in its promise
of Your presence in our lives.
We give thanks for all who,
though they have not seen,
have placed their trust in You.
In a world where doubt prevails,
we remember the fears of an Upper Room
that were cast aside by Your presence.
As we encounter Your presence
help us to trust Your risen power
as it shows signs of hope
to the world in which we live.
We pray for those who face persecution
because of their faith.
Enable them to be bold in all they say,
as they are challenged
by the doubts and inconsistencies of others.
We remember those whose faith is shown
in the care they offer,
and remember the work of agencies like
the Red Cross and Christian Aid
who seek to bring Your presence
to the lives of others
in the new life and peace
that they bring to troubled areas.
We pray for those who doubt Your presence
because of the circumstances of their lives,
as all they have known is lost
because of poverty or warfare,
or at the hand and greed of others.
We remember the people of the Ukraine,
who have questions of all governments taking an interest in their situation.
May your presence
bring words of peace and hope
to the lives of those who live in the town,
and to the voices of those
who seek to hold the power.
We pray for those who hide away
because of guilt and fear,
and who are afraid to venture our
lest they be harmed or cause harm.
May Your presence
bring healing from past hurts,
and continuing illness.
Lord, wherever doubt seeks to invade,
may Your love be revealed
in the life of the world
and Your presence in our lives.