Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on God’s Name

Prayers of Confession on God's Name

Psalm 8:1-2, NIV

O LORD, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory

above the heavens.

From the lips of children and infants

you have ordained praise.

Inspired by Psalm 8

Lord, our Lord – How excellent is Your name in all the earth! 

From star to star and galaxy to galaxy, 

From pole to pole and horizon to horizon 

There is no place where Your glory is hidden, 

No-one and nothing  

of which You are not beginning and end. 

We praise You our Creator, Lord of all! 

The heavens are Your throne room, and 

the oceans of earth barely moisten the palm of Your hand. 

Yet, You know each of us by name. 

You where there when we were born. 

You laughed at our first smile, 

You cried when we cried  

And when we slept, you stood by our cradle.  

Still – you laugh when we smile, cry when we cry  

And stand guard over us when we are asleep or awake. 

We worship You – our Father-God, Lord and Holy Spirit.  

However, we admit to being mystified about “Why?” 

We know ourselves too well; 

and wonder why anyone should care; 

especially the Lord of all! 

We hide behind masks of civility – afraid; 

afraid that if others knew us as we really are  

they couldn’t or wouldn’t love us. 

But you know us, 

you know us better than we know ourselves; 

and You still love us … You still care.  

You care so much that You run after us  

when we run away from you. 

And although you love us as we are, 

You also love us too much to leave us that way.  

It’s your love and grace, then,  

which allows us to come out from behind our masks, 

to step out from our protective walls, and 

acknowledge who we really are,  

confessing our sins corporately and individually  

using the prayer of confession in our bulletin – 

(Read together … time of silence)  

Richard Herman

Adapted from Psalm 22:22; 97:12; 145:1, 3, NRSV

In the midst of the congregation I will praise you.

Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,

and give thanks to God’s holy name!

I will extol you, my God and King,

and bless your name forever and ever.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;

God’s greatness is unsearchable.

The Worship Sourcebook

God our Father, Savior and Sustainer— 

You are the God who knows our name, 

   and the God who revealed Your name as “I Am Who I Am” 

      and shows us Your face in the face of Jesus. 

You are known to us … and we are known to You.  

You know what brings us joy, 

what makes us laugh, 

what we celebrate and are most grateful for—  

the birth of a child, 

the healing of a loved one, 

the restoration of a relationship, 

a new job,  

a wedding anniversary … 

and You rejoice with us. 

Richard Herman

(Prayer of Adoration)

Wonderful, Counselor, … Everlasting Father, Prince of peace. 

King of Kings, Lord or Lord. 

Mighty, Holy One of Israel. 

Immanuel, Comforter, 

Lion and Lamb, Alpha and Omega: 

With your names we adore and praise you! 

(Prayer of Confession)

Oh, but how often we take your names in vain. 

Declaring we trust in you with our lips, 

we trust in our selves with our actions. 

We name your names when it’s easy 

but deny them when it gets costly.  

We claim to speak truth but tell lies instead. 


Forgive us for taking your name in vain, 

bringing shame to the name Christian; … 

and to the One who gave us that name. 

This is our prayer –  

and in the silence of this moment  

we also ask your forgiveness  

for what we’re too ashamed to mention aloud.  (Silence) 

(Assurance of Pardon) 

The promise is true, that if we confess our sins he is faithful and just he will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Therefore, by His grace active through you faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior : you are forgive and free of all your sins.  Hallelujah!  AMEN.  

Richard Herman

(Prayer of Adoration)

Lord, our Lord – How excellent is your name in all the earth. 

Because of who you are – we praise You. 

Because of what you’ve done – we thank You. 

You are a Father to the fatherless. 

the Strength of the weak, 

the Protector of the powerless, 

and an Advocate for the disenfranchised … 

just in all your ways and righteous in all your judgments. 

While those all around us spin facts and lie to us, 

You alone speak clear, unvarnished truth. 

While the love of most comes with small print and strings attached, 

Your love is gracious, unfettered and free. 

(Prayer of Confession)

Yet – when we encounter the light of Your purity, truth and glory, 

we ourselves are revealed for who we are, 

our shadow-sides are unmasked, 

our motives laid bare 

and we must confront what we’d rather hide or hide from.  

However, we know your grace is sufficient for even that, 

and Your mercy is lavish beyond imagination.   

So we humbly come to you confessing our errors, faults and sins –  

all of which are first degree –  


(Assurance of Pardon)

The love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. 

Nothing you do can make Him love you any less …  

so free and gracious is His love; 

And nothing you do can make Him love you any more …  

so abundant and overwhelming is His love for you. 

Because of His grace, mercy and love for us:  

I declare to you  

that by His grace active in your faith  

in Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior –  

you are forgiven all your sins;  

and you are free  

to live life in the joy and fullness of the Spirit  

now and always.  AMEN!  

 Richard Herman