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A World Turned Upside Down – Easter Litany

0 April 8, 2012

The ones closest to Jesus gave up everything to follow him. They couldn’t fully understand what was to unfold but knew Jesus was to be king of a new kingdom.

I believe. Help me in my disbelief.

As they experienced the Easter story, from Palm Sunday to Pentecost, their world was turned upside down!

I believe. Help me in my disbelief.

A king entering Jerusalem, yet he rode in on a donkey. A king claiming his rightful place, yet he goes into the temple and teaches.

I believe. Help me in my disbelief.

A king who kneels to wash his student’s feet and speaks of his leaving.

I believe. Help me in my disbelief.

A king arrested, beaten, and out of fear, denied by his own.

I believe. Help me in my disbelief.

A king crucified, dead, and buried. The tomb sealed and guarded. Is hope lost?

I believe. Help me in my disbelief.

The third day the tomb is found empty, Jesus’ body gone! What does this mean?

I believe. Help me in my disbelief.

Jesus appears, alive, to those close to him and gives them the task of teaching the world. Some doubt.

I believe. Help me in my disbelief.

With a new hope of Jesus establishing his kingdom, Jesus leaves again, ascending to heaven. His students are confused.

I believe. Help me in my disbelief.

Those closest to Jesus gather together in prayer. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit entered them and they understood!

I believe. Help me in my disbelief.

Through the belief of Jesus’ witnesses and God’s grace through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit we’ve been given the anchor to a faith that will turn us and our world upside down; if we only believe.

I believe. Help me in my disbelief.

And let the people say, Amen.


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