Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Adoration

Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Adoration

Lord God, we come to adore you. You are the ground of all that is. You hold us in being, and without you we could not be.

Before we were born, before time began, before the universe came into being, you were.

When time is finished, when the universe is no more, you will still be.

Nothing can take your power from you.

And in your presence we can only be silent before the mystery of your being, for no words of ours can do justice to your grandeur.

(A silence)

Yet you have spoken to us. Out of universal silence your living word has sprung.

You have spoken, and given form and beauty to the world.

You have spoken, and given purpose to human life.

You have spoken, and declared the forgiveness of our sin.

You have spoken, and freed us from the fear of death.

Lord Jesus Christ, divine Word, speak to us now.

Show us the beauty of life; unite us to the eternal purpose; remove our guilt; conquer the fear of death in our hearts.

Speak and let us hear, for your name’s sake.

Caryl Micklem, Ed., Contemporary Prayers for Public Worship, Erdmans Publishing Co, 1973.

(Prayer of Adoration)

Joyful, joyful we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love –

Holy and wonderful are You:

   Your grace is without measure,

         and Your purpose sure and true;

   Your power is unequaled

         and You are sovereign and mysterious in all Your ways.


We thank You for the gift of this today, a new day;

a day when Your mercies are fresh, untainted and new,

   and Your faithfulness again clearly visible.

 (Prayer of Confession)

Yet, how often we spoil new days!

We repeat old patterns rather than live free.

We hold on to old hurts rather than forgive.

We complain when we don’t our way; and

   ignore the needs of others, caught up in our own desires.

We believe lies told about others

   and even the ones we tell about ourselves.

We’re complacent in the face of injustice and poverty.

And in all things, we’re better at making excuses

   than at repenting and changing our ways.

Forgive us.  We have sinned against you in thought, word and deed,

   by what we have done and what we have left undone.

Hear now our silent prayers of confession and forgive us because of

   Your great love.   (Silent prayers of confession)

(Assurance of Pardon) 

The Lord declares, through the prophet Isaiah, that “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, and your sins like the morning mist” dissipated by the wind of my Spirit and melted into nothing by the brightness of my Son’s love.

Richard Herman