The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Prayer for the week
Although they had seen the risen Jesus,
your followers faced weeks of waiting
before your Spirit released them from doubt and anxiety.
As we enter the next stage in this time of our waiting together,
sustain us with courage, grace and patience;
that we may not lose heart,
but persevere in what is right for ourselves,
our communities, and our neighbours throughout the world.
Canon Carol Wardman
Collect for the week
who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
have overcome death and opened to us
the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us
you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help
we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.