“…have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living….” (Mark 12:26-27)
Resurrection – A Short Liturgy
Leader: Father in heaven, You have made us
not to die, but to live;
not for mortality, but for immortality.
All: You have put eternity in our hearts
and we cannot be content
with any lesser hope
than the one you have given:
the redemption of our bodies – [Rom. 8:23]
bodies made gloriously fit
to bear the weight of souls
pulsing with the life of heaven.
Leader: What a stunning destiny You have promised!
That we should be equal to the angels – [Luke 20:36 ESV]
sons of God and sons of the resurrection.
All: The wounds of this present war, then,
are but reminders that these bodies
will return to dust.
But we believe
that though they are sown in weakness, [1 Cor. 15:43
You will raise them in power;
that we will be changed; 15:51
that the mortal will put on immortality; 15:53
that death is an already vanquished enemy 15:54]
and glory awaits.
Leader: With hearts full of thanksgiving and praise,
All: we bow before You in worship.
And we go forth in joy-filled hope,
knowing and believing
that the pain and decay we now endure
are not the end.
Our Lord and King has died and is risen
that we too might rise – made like Him.
Praise and honor and glory be to You, O God,
and to the Son of Your love
Who bought us with His own blood,
both now and forevermore!