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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