Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on God’s Omnipresence
(Prayer of Adoration)
Good Morning, God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Before the world was – you were.
Before we were – you knew us.
Before we awoke today – you were alert, active
ready to meet us here and now
In your power and love, wisdom and grace
you always take the initiative.
You are good – and you are strong!
Therefore, we praise and adore you; for …
Before we called to you – you called our names.
Before we gave our lives to you – you gave your life for us.
Before we followed you – you sought and brought us home.
(Prayer of Confession)
Yet, in sinful arrogance and pride
we think it’s all about us and not about you.
Still, as in the ancient garden,
we aren’t content to bear your image;
Instead, we want to take your place.
Yet in the light of your presence,
we see who we really are and what we really do;
We’re more embarrassed by than proud of what we see.
We’re made more humble than self-important,
by what’s revealed.
In your holy compassion,
hear our now unison prayer of confession
which we pray together, saying …
The Assurance of Pardon
The Scriptures declare that our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners by dying for sins, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous in order to free us from bondage to sin and bring us to God. Therefore, confident in His finished work on the cross and His resurrection to new life, I declare that, by His grace active through your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, you are forgiven of all your sins – and your are free. Hallelujah! Amen.
God of the Impossible – Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
There’s nothing too hard for you to do,
Nothing too complex for You to understand,
No place we go that You’re not there,
No sin too heinous that You’ll not forgive,
And no time when You cease to love Your own.
You amaze us with Your power and creativity;
You overwhelm us with Your grace and love.
Thank You for inviting us to come as we are, not as we aren’t;
upheld by your compassion and grace
so we can freely confess to you our sin,
duplicity and self-absorption.
In the quiet, Lord, now hear our whispered confessions
of what we’re too ashamed to say aloud to anyone but You,
for You know us intimately – and still loves us immensely.
We praise you, Lord for you are
all-wise and all-powerful,
faithful, loving and gracious,
holy, just, merciful, constant and pure,
omnipresent, intimate and immortal.
You are bigger than the known universe,
yet you know us each by name
and as close as our very breath.
You know all about us and still love us.
That’s why we praise you – that’s why we serve you.
(Prayer of Confession)
Yet – if we drop our masks and get real,
we admit we don’t praise you as you deserve,
nor do we serve you faithfully.
Forgive us – and hear our prayer of confession,