O ever living God, creator and sustainer of all things;
the days grow longer at your bidding;
the rain is warmer at your command;
seeds burst into life by your indwelling;
birds and beasts respond to your ceaseless activity;
the whole world of nature echoes your praise.

Grant, O Father, that we may rejoice with your creation and praise your name.
Help us to see in the return of life to the earth
a parable of how at this season Jesus, your Son, overcame sin and death.
Grant, O Father, that our lives may be filled with his life-giving Spirit.


from ‘Prayers for the Church Community’,
an anthology of prayers compiled by Roy Chapman and Donald Hilton,
NCEC, 1978