Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Courage

Sermon Illustrations on Courage

Opening Prayer for Reformation Sunday

Heavenly Father, thank you for a spiritual home

For the legacy of those who have gone before us and welcomed us

Lord Jesus, thank you for your church

For the legacy of your word and witness across the world

Holy Spirit, thank you for renewing your church in every age

Unify us and renew us

We long to be true to you and your ways

Reform us now

Make us courageous and steadfast and persevering

in sharing your grace and Good News

in living your merciful, transforming love

in the building of your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven

Inspire us and defend us and send us out again, Holy One

For the honor and glory of your name alone, Amen

Reformation Day is celebrated annually on October 31. Some congregations choose to acknowledge this day on the Sunday closest to October 31.

Opening Prayer for Reformation Sunday © 2017 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia,

Listen and Act



Joseph is silent

He listens and acts


Lord, help us listen

Still the noise around us and in us

Still the urgency and anxiety

Still the destruction and falsehood

Lord, help us listen

Break through with your still, small voice

with your calm and clarity

with your leading and light

You reveal the needed next steps

You provide all we need to make the journey

Lord, help us listen and help us act


Listen and Act © 2022 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia,

O Christ, who by the thorns pressed upon your head has replaced the thorns from the sorrows of this world, and given us a crown of joy and peace: Make us so bold as never to fear suffering, nor to suffer without cheerfulness in your service; to the glory of your holy name.  

Daily Prayer, Language adapted for Modern Worship by Stuart Strachan Jr.

Come in Weakness; find strength.

Come in sickness; find healing.

Come in chains; find freedom.

Come in confusion; find peace.

Come in sorrow; find joy.

Come in doubt; find faith.

Come in despair; find courage.

Come unready

Come alone;

Find Christ

Heavenly Father,

On our own we know that we are weak and timid: but your promises, 

Coming to us from Christ, give us strength and courage.

He has named the devil, put him in his place and exposed the final weakness of evil.

He has said, ‘Yes, there is truth; there is grace; there is goodness.’

He has made us see where we stand, and what we must do,

and we are surprised at the quiet strength within, 

which gives us the courage that does not fail.

We give you thanks, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

More Contemporary Prayers: Prayers on Fifty-Two Themes, ed. Caryl Mickelm, Eerdmans.