We gather today in the presence of the old old story of death defeated by emptiness, of hope and newness triumphant over fear and separation.
We come, hearts heavy with pain and anxiety, spirits flattened by exhaustion and apathy, vision darkened by strife and violence.
We come seeking connection and love in this place of community. May the old, old Easter story of hope and rebirth lighten our hearts and make us glad in the presence of each other's love.
May our spirits be joyful as we worship together today.