O God, our Father,
We thank you for Jesus Christ our Lord,
and for the great hope that he has given to us.
For the victory he has won;
That he defeated the attacks of the Tempter,
and that he can also enable us also
to overcome evil and do the right;
For the opportunity to be called sons and daughters that he achieved for us.
For the life that he has opened to us;
That in this world he has given us life
and life more abundant.
That in the world to come
He has promised us everlasting life.
So grant that, victorious with his victory, pure with his purity, and living with his life, we may never be ashamed of gospel hope. This we ask for your love's sake. Amen
From Prayers for the Christian Year by William Barclay. Some wording changed by Aaron Elmore.