Light a Candle to begin your prayer:
Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of the Resurrection. Amen
Read 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verses 1-11
Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.
Reflection on Bible Reading:
This is a list of all the people Jesus appeared to. Notice how Paul says that the risen Jesus appeared to him. Jesus appeared to him after he ascended to heaven. Even though we were born after Jesus’ ascension, he still appears to us in our worship. We have to recognise him.
Pray this prayer aloud:
in your resurrection death is defeated
and everything is made new
Enable us to recognise you today
To build heaven on earth.