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Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Darkness

Sermon Illustrations on Darkness

Arise, shine, for the Light of the World has come!

Darkness covers the earth and its people,

but the radiance of God’s Light

burns away its shadows,

illuminates the smallest corner,

and heralds in the start

of a new dawn,

where hearts no longer fear,

souls might be set free,

and sister shall follow brother,

nation shall follow nation,

and kings and princes bow down in awe

before the one who comes to reign.

Arise, shine, for the Light of the World has come!

Alleluia!

John Birch, Faith and Worship


God our Father, 

Lord our Shepherd, 

Spirit of the Living God, 

One in Three … and Three in One:  

We praise You our Creator, Savior, and Provider. 

By Your grace, we lack nothing. 

You feed us in body and in soul. 

You give us rest when we are weary. 

You direct us on ways that are good and right. 

You go with us through the dark times 

so we will not walk them alone. 

You protect us in Your goodness  

with Your strength. 

You spread before us  

a banquet in the wilderness 

and a feast in the face of whoever  

and whatever threatens us. 

You pour over us Your oils  

of cleansing grace, of healing, and of gladness. 

And no matter where we have wandered, 

You open wide Your arms to welcome us home. 

That is why we praise You; 

That is why we love You; 

That is why we are here to worship You today,  

our God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 

the One in Three and the Three in One.  AMEN. 

Richard Herman


Heavenly Father: 

You know all about us – our weakness, our failing, our sin; 

And you still love us enough to give your Son to redeem us. 

Hear the cries of our hearts today. 

There’s someone for whom it was hard to get out of bed today.

They’re tired, discouraged or stressed out. 

It was an effort just to get here. 

Give them hope today:  

a light in the darkness, a whisper in the silence. 

There’s one for whom everything they touch comes apart: 

She’s having a hard time holding the marriage together; 

His project at work is going poorly; 

There’s a divide between him and his son,  

between her and her daughter; 

Everything he touches turns to sawdust; 

And no matter what she does, she can’t get well. 

Come, Lord Jesus, come. 

Come and redeem the relationship.   

Take the lessons learned in failure and build a new life.   

Use the pain to create compassion.   

Create something delightful out of what feels like disaster. 

Restore what the devil has stolen;  

turn what was meant for evil to good.  

We pray on behalf of those who can’t pray for themselves. 

We pray for those afflicted in body or soul, who need your healing.   

Put your hand on them.   

Touch a mind that’s tormented; 

a body that’s ill or injured. a heart that’s broken.   

Restore them all.   

Richard Herman


Father God – You invite us to come as a child 

to his / her daddy. 

You invite us to open our souls to You. 

You invite us to lay our desires before You. 

You are fond of us, Your children – so we come to You 

humbly, lovingly, yet confidently. 

We pray for your world – which You created and called “good”. 

Now we see it so riddled by war and hatred, 

infected with hopelessness and despair, 

confused, having lost its way, 

and refusing to walk in Yours. 

Shine Your light in the dark corners of the earth: 

Ignite your followers as lamps to show the Way. 

Richard Herman


God, our heavenly Father  

and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:   

We praise and thank you today and always! 

You are worthy of our praise 

simply for who You are:  

You are good and You are strong,  

You are gracious, just and loving. 

As we confront this world that lacks hope,  

a world caught up in war, hunger, poverty and  

spiritual emptiness, 

in Your great mercy You freely give us a new birth  

into the living hope  

through Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. 

There is no darkness so great  

that your light is not greater still. 

There is not conflict so disruptive  

that your peace cannot quell it.  

There is no death so final,  

that your resurrection life  

cannot break its icy grip.  And, … 

There is no thief so sneaky or strong  

that he can steal the inheritance you give  

that can never perish, spoil or fade— 

kept in heaven for us.   

Therefore, we rightly worship You!  

However, we are quick to trust  

our strength more than yours,  

our wisdom more than yours, 

our abilities more than yours,  

our resources more than yours. 

our love more than yours. 

And our misplaced trust in ourselves  

has led us into sin.   

Richard Herman