Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on God’s Character

Sermon Quotes on God's character

Adapted from 1 Chronicles 29:10-13, NIV

Praise be to you, O LORD,

God of our father Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting.

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power

and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,

for everything in heaven and earth is yours.

Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;

you are exalted as head over all.

Wealth and honor come from you;

you are the ruler of all things.

In your hands are strength and power

to exalt and give strength to all.

Now, our God, we give you thanks,

and praise your glorious name.

The majesty of God

Cannot be measured

By human instruments,

Cannot be constrained

Within human boundaries,

Cannot be contained

Within human vessels,

Cannot be explained

By human thought,

Cannot be dismissed

By argument or reason.

The majesty of God

Is beyond human comprehension.

Yet can be known,

And touched,

Understood ,

And received,

In the simple act

Of worship

John Birch, Faith and Worship

(Prayer of Adoration)

Good and Gracious Lord,  

You hold us in the palm of Your strong hand, 

working all things for our good and to Your glory. 

There is no place we can go  

that escapes your notice  

and is hidden from your loving attention. 

We are amazed by your power  

and in awe of Your grace: 

Your take what’s inadvertently or intentionally evil 

and bend it to Your will and ways. 

(Prayer of Confession)

We cover our sin. 

Thinking we can hide from You. 

we run, afraid you’ll find us out; 

afraid that if you – or others – really knew us 

no-one would love us. 

We try to run our own lives, 

and the lives of others, 

attempting to be our own gods. 

We love you too little, 

we love others hardly at all,  

and we love ourselves too much. 

Hear our silent confession 

and our whispers as we name our sin before You; 

and, we pray, forgive us! 

(Silence … 30-45 seconds) 

Richard Herman

God of power, love and wisdom:   

you’ve known us and loved us from before we even were,  

and extended your grace to us before we knew your name.  You save us from ourselves –  

from our arrogance, rebellion and sin;  

and from the powers of the world and devil  

which seek to ensnare us.   

And you save us for something, as well –  

for a new life of holiness  

and for a great purpose:  

to guard your gospel by giving it away in truth.   

For all of this: we thank you and praise you.   

Because of this: we can trust you and depend on you. 

Richard Herman

Lord – We come this morning at the start of another week to worship You, our Alpha and Omega, our beginning and end.  

You guided, protected, strengthened and blessed us this past week – for which we thank You and praise You.   

There’s no one like You.  There’s no one who loves us like You do; no one who knows us like You do; no one so good and so strong, so powerful and compassionate as You.   We worship You in glory.  

You bind us one to another – each of us to You and all of us to each other.  Together You make us Your family, marking us with the same Spirit.   Thank You. 

You show us Your way, give us Your truth and impart Your life to us in Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord – the One who we trust.  Bless you, God our Savior.     

Richard Herman 

(Prayer of Adoration)

Holy God of light and glory: 

You alone are good. 

You alone are pure and righteous. 

And, therefore,  

You alone are worthy of our praise,  

our devotion and honor. 

In the brilliance of Your light, 

we are revealed as we are and 

left speechless … without excuse; 

were it not for Your grace and mercy 

we are hopeless as well. 

 (Prayer of Confession)

Seeing who we really are, 

we can hide no longer behind our bravado, 

our rationalizations and our protests. 

We confess that we are sinners 

in need of your forgiveness. 

As individuals and as a body. 

we therefore join our hearts and voices to pray 

together confessing our sins … 

(time of silence)  AMEN. 

Richard Herman

(Prayer of Adoration)

Lord—you’re sufficient in everything.   

You can create w/o us; save w/o our assistance;  

bring good out of evil, hope from despair and restore what  

we mess up.  You’re sovereign and we’re not. 

Yet, and this boggles my mind –  

You invite us to join with You as partners in Your work!  You first make us joint heirs with Jesus  

and then co-laborers in Your kingdom.   

Imagine that – we’re privileged to make a difference  

in Your world, in your church  

and in the lives of people you love so much  

you gave your Son for them.   

It can’t get much better than that!  

(Prayer of Confession) 

But, Father – we confess we’re not satisfied.   

You invite us to serve you and to serve with you – 

and we want to be served by you and others.   

You honor us as your children – calling us by name in love;  

and we use your name flippantly and loosely.   

You empower us to be your followers –  

but we use power for ourselves, pushing You aside.   

You give us your wisdom in Scripture and by Your Spirit –  

and we think we know better  

how to run our lives and your world.  

Forgive us!   Forgive our foolish arrogance and pride. 

Forgive us for taking your gifts intended for others  

and using them for ourselves. 

Forgive us for forgetting who we are  

and whose we are as Christian people.  

Forgive the selfishness of our hearts  

and the selfishness of our actions. 

Forgive it all, and more – and make us more like Jesus  

in our thinking, our feeling, our speaking and in our acting.   

Please, Lord Jesus; in whose name we pray—AMEN. 

(Assurance of Pardon)

As the apostle announced – The mystery of godliness is great: The Son of God appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world and taken up into glory—all for our salvation.  For this is a trustworthy saying worthy of full acceptance: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, like you & me.  Dear Friends – because that’s true: by His grace active through your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior, I declare w/ confidence you’re forgiven and free of all your sins.  Alleluia!  Amen.

Richard Herman