Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Listening

Sermon Illustrations on Listening

You Call, based on Isaiah 55

Holy One of Israel, of all

Your love is unfailing, steadfast, sure


You call

Your mouth opens wide

Your hand opens wide

Your storehouse opens wide

Your heart opens wide


You call

Come, Listen, Receive

We’re listening

We’re open

We need your gift of life

Holy One make us alive

You Call © 2021 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com

God of grace who knows us intimately and wholly; 

Who listens intently and persistently: We praise You. 

You hear the prayers of our lips and our hearts. 

You know our innermost thoughts and intentions. 

And when we can’t pray, you even pray perfectly for us. 

We’re amazed how well you know us and still love us, 

that you want us to know you and want us near you.  

Would that we should be so loving and gracious – with ourselves and others. 


So wanting to be more like you and your Son, Jesus, we come acknowledging our sin, seeking your cleansing and forgiveness, as together we confess our sins saying …    

Richard Herman

Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness,  

send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. 

We who have so much to do  

seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. 

We who are anxious over many things  

look forward to your coming among us. 

We who are blessed in so many ways  

long for the complete joy of your kingdom. 

We whose hearts are heavy  

seek the joy of your presence. 

We are your people,  

walking in darkness,  

yet seeking the light.  

To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”  

Richard Herman with excerpts from Henri Nouwen