Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Adoption

Sermon Illustrations on Adoption

Adapted from Ephesians 1:3-18

All glorious God, we give you thanks:

in your Son, Jesus Christ,

you have given us every spiritual blessing

in the heavenly realms.

You chose us, before the world was made,

to be your holy people, without fault in your sight.

You adopted us as your children in Christ.

You have set us free by his blood;

you have forgiven our sins.

You have made known to us your secret purpose,

to bring heaven and earth into unity in Christ.

You have given us your Holy Spirit,

the seal and pledge of our inheritance.

All praise and glory be yours, O God,

for the richness of your grace,

for the splendor of your gifts,

for the wonder of your love.

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Faithful God, our Father, Lord and Counselor: 

By your grace you know our names before we are even born. 

By your grace you call us your own sons and daughters. 

By your grace you give us an eternal purpose.  And, 

By your grace give us everything necessary to fulfill that calling: 

Your very own self before us, beside us, inside us, with us. 

 You invite us to open our hearts to your love and power; 

And so we do. 

Richard Herman