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Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Joy

Sermon Illustrations on Joy

Almighty God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit:  

We ask Your blessing on the people in this place. 

May the despairing find hope—and proud be humbled. 

May the doubting find faith—and the anxious be encouraged. 

May the tempted find help—and the sorrowful find comfort. 

May the weary find rest—and the strong be renewed. 

May the lonely find a friend—and the cluttered find stillness. 

May the older one find consolation—and the younger be inspired. 

And may You find glory in our worship—and we find joy in You. 

Now, Lord: pour out Your Spirit of grace and love today 

as we together we worship You – this we pray 

to Your glory … and in your name.  Amen.  

Richard Herman


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



Father – God of Joy and Hope; 

Wonderful Lord and Spirit of delight and wonder: 

You invite us to come to you with thanksgiving and joy, 

laughter and quiet awe.  

Your arms of welcome are out wide.   

So we come, not perfect and not even very spiritual –  

just as we are: Yours, spilling our hearts before You.   

 Richard Herman