PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God, you are a generous Sovereign,
treating the last to come as you treat the first arrival.
You allow all your workers to rest --
those who began at the eleventh hour,
those who have worked from the first.
You are kind to the late-comer and see the needs of the early.
You give to one, and you give to the other.
Join, then, all of you; join in our Master's rejoicing!
You who were the first to come, and you who came after,
Come and collect now your wages.
Rich men and poor men, sing and dance together.
You that are hard on yourselves, and you that are easy, honor this day.
You that have fasted, and you that have not, make merry today.
The meal is ready; come and enjoy it.
The calf is fat; you will not go away hungry.
There's kindness for all to partake of and kindness to spare.
Away with the pleading of poverty.
The kingdom belongs to us all.
Away with the bewailing of failures.
Forgiveness has come from the grave.
Away with your fears of dying.
The death of our Savior has freed us from fear.
Death played the master, but He has mastered death.
The shadows seized a body and found it was God;
they reached for earth and what they held was heaven.
They took what they could see; it was what no one sees.
Where is death's sting? Where is the shadow's victory?
Christ is risen; the world below is in ruins.
Christ is risen; the spirits of evil are fallen.
Christ is risen; the angels of God are rejoicing.
Christ is risen; the tombs are void of their dead.
Christ has indeed arisen from the dead, the first of the sleepers.
Glory and power are his, forever and ever. Amen.