Prince of Peace, redeemer of us all, crucified God, we have gathered at the foot of the cross, and at the entrance to the tomb, and we have rolled the stone across it.
Today we leave the tomb, as your disciples did centuries ago, knowing our friend is gone, and that a good man has died.
The ones who knew you and loved you could find no consolation that night. They mourned. Just as there have been nights when we have mourned. Just as there have been nights when we have looked for mercy that didn’t seem to come.
And yet, some would dare to look for hope…
God, as you send us out into the world today, stay close to us. As we wrestle with the big questions, as we ask why there is pain, why there is suffering, why there is loss, do not leave us alone. Help us to find you in our hours of greatest doubt.
And at the right hour, draw us back together. To gather at the tomb. To look for the light. To look for you.
For hope, for you, we will be waiting. Amen.