Prayer Service: Celebrating Jesus’ Ministry to the Disciples After his Resurrection


This prayer service will help focus students on Jesus’ ministry to the disciples after his Resurrection.

By Jean Grant

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LEADER: Jesus Christ redeemed us. His friends and disciples didn’t recognize him right away after he rose from the dead, and they could not fathom that this is what the Lord had been telling them about during his ministry. There are at least 14 accounts of Jesus’ appearances after his Resurrection. Let us pray together as we learn about the time from the Resurrection to the Ascension.

READER 1: (John 20:11-12) As the women approached the tomb, they had not figured out how they would roll away the stone so that they could perfume the body of their Savior. They saw the stone was already rolled out of the way and the burial cloth was on the place where Jesus had been lying. Angels in white were inside. They said to the women, “Why are you weeping?”

ALL: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

READER 2: (John 20:19-20) The apostles were in hiding, behind locked doors. They feared what the Jews might do to them. Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Thomas was not with them at the time, and when he returned and the apostles told him what had happened, he would not believe. He had no faith.

ALL: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

READER 3: (John 20:24-29) Later Jesus came and stood among them again. Thomas was present this time. Jesus called Thomas forward, and told him, “Put your fingers here and see my hands.” Thomas then said, “My Lord and my God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are those who have not seen with their own eyes and yet have come to believe.”

ALL: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

READER 4: (Luke 24:13-16) Emmaus is a village about seven miles from Jerusalem. Jesus met some of the apostles on the road as they walked toward Emmaus, but they did not recognize him. “Their eyes were kept from seeing who he really was.”

ALL: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

READER 5: (John 21:1-14) Seven disciples met Jesus after not catching any fish. He told them to put their nets back into the water. The nets came back out over-full and breaking from the weight of so many fish. “They knew it was the Lord.”

ALL: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

LEADER: (Luke 24:50-51) At the Ascension of Jesus, he raised his hands and “blessed them, withdrawing from them, and was carried up into Heaven” to be placed at the right hand of the Father.

ALL: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

LEADER: Let us join together in our closing prayer.

ALL: Lord Jesus, thank you for saving us and opening the gates of Heaven. Your obedience to the Father is an enduring example for us. Your love never ends. We love you in return. Although we are human and may fail, we promise to reconcile with you and move forward with renewed determination.

Jean Grant is a retired teacher from St. Charles, Missouri.

Prayer Service: Celebrating Jesus’ Ministry to the Disciples After his Resurrection
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