Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Calling

Sermon Illustrations on Calling

You Call, based on Isaiah 55

Holy One of Israel, of all

Your love is unfailing, steadfast, sure

You call

Your mouth opens wide

Your hand opens wide

Your storehouse opens wide

Your heart opens wide


You call

Come, Listen, Receive

We’re listening

We’re open

We need your gift of life

Holy One make us alive

You Call © 2021 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia,

Opening Prayer based on 1 Corinthians 12


Holy One, Giver of every good and perfect gift

It is your great grace that offers us salvation

It is grace upon grace that gives us the chance to join you in your saving work

You trust us that much

You empower us that far

Reveal our spiritual gifts

Reveal our calling in this time and place

so we may fulfill it together

so we may fulfill it for the common good

so we may honor you and one another

Holy One, convince us of our value and purpose,

Assure us of our place in your Body and our place in your plan

Use us for your glory, now and forever. Amen.

Opening Prayer based on 1 Corinthians 12 © 2022 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia,


The first act of calling is by your command in your Word,

‘Come to me, return to me’;

The second is to let in light,

so that I see that I am called particularly,

and perceive the sweetness of the command as well as its truth,

in regard to your great love of the sinner,

by inviting him to come, though contemptible,

in regard to the end of the command,

which is fellowship with you,

in regard to your promise in the gospel,

which is all of grace.

Therefore, Lord,

I don’t need to worry if I am your elect, or loved,

for if I turn you will come to me;

Christ has promised me fellowship if I take him,

and the Spirit will pour himself out on me,

abolishing sin and punishment,

assuring me of the strength to persevere.

It is your pleasure to help all that pray for grace,

and come to you for it.

Taken from An Excerpt of “Christian Calling” in The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, ed. Arthur Bennett (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1975). Language modernized for corporate worship by Stuart Strachan Jr.

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

Holy Spirit, Holy One


People of God, Rejoice!

Our Eternal and Beautiful God is near

The One who gives us new birth by water and Spirit

The One who names us beloved

The One who delights in our very existence

Come and worship


Holy Spirit, Holy One

Holy Spirit, Descending Dove

Alight on me that I may know your presence

Anoint me that I may know your call

Fill me that I may know your power

Guide me that I may know your path

Name me that I may know, that I know, that I know who I am


Holy Spirit, Holy One © 2020 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia,

(Prayer of Adoration)

Father God … our Abba:

You seek us with relentless love – coming after us in Your Son, Jesus.

When we are in the pits – You draws us up and out;

When we are broken – You fix us.

When we are lost – You find us.

When we are confused about who we are –

You call us by name and calls us Your own.

With hearts stilled and filled with Your love:

We bring our thanks and praise to You today.

(Prayer of Confession)

Yet – how often we forget who we are as Your children.

We live like we are not Yours but someone else’s;

Like we are not created in Your image,

redeemed by the blood of Your Son,

indwelt by Your very self in the Holy Spirit.

Forgive our wandering hearts, our lusty spirits,

Our self-centered attitudes and selfish actions.

Richard Herman


You call us from what we know to something new

From a life on this sea with this family

From the nets of generations before us


You call us to a new beginning

A new being and doing

You call us to follow

To move and become


Help us turn towards you

Help us follow

Help us believe and trust you fully


Help us live into our chosenness

To lay down what we know and pick up the new


Empower us to go out with you

Across, beyond, into the deep

Bringing in your wild, shining kingdom

Full, full nets

Full, full nets

Full, full nets

Full, Full Nets © 2019 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia,