Our Father in heaven, we thank you
that you have led us into the light.
We thank you for sending the Savior to call us from death to life.
We confess that we were dead in sin before we heard his call,
but when we heard him, like Lazarus, we arose.
But, O Father, the grave clothes bind us still.
Old habits that we cannot throw off,
old customs that are so much a part of our lives
that we are helpless to live the new life that Christ calls us to live.
Give us strength, O Father, to break the bonds;
give us courage to live a new life in you;
give us faith to believe that with your help we cannot fail.
All this we ask in the name of the Savior
who has taught us to come to you. Amen.
-from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources