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                                                                                              Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Sanctification

Sermon Illustrations on Sanctification

Holy and Gracious God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  

We give you thanks for the gift of life, 

for the gift of Jesus our Savior, 

for the gift of the Holy Spirit, and 

for the gift of this sacrament that nourishes our souls. 

Like a potter at the wheel you created us,  

shaping us in secret in the hidden depths.   

You read our inmost thoughts and desires  

and you keep your hand upon us always,  

reshaping us as seems good to you  

whenever we allow ourselves to become  

misshapen, pressed into the world’s mold. 

Lord, lead us through the trials; 

the suffering and sorrow, 

the challenges and struggles, 

the tired times and dark places. 

And use those experiences to make us  

more like Jesus.  

Richard Herman


God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—You are ever the same  

in Your grace and truth, Your power and love; 

Yet, You always challenge us to grow, change  

and become more like Jesus. 

We’re not yet what we want to be, what we hope to be  

and what we will be –  

but thanks be to You, we’re no longer what we used to be. 

And we thank you for the hope of change— 

for without it, we would shrivel up and die. 

It’s that hope which calls us to pray  

for those who are sick or injured, those challenged physically,  

emotionally, mentally or spiritually – and to ask You  

to heal them, to restore them, to make them whole

Richard Herman


Gracious and faithful God  

– our Creator, Redeemer and Comforter: 

When we don’t know the way – You show us the way; and 

When we can’t find a way – You make a way. 

Thank you! 

Thank you for Your gift of a Savior – 

not a savior who stays distant and aloof,  

but one who enters the warp and woof of our existence 

as Emmanuel – God with us; and 

who then sanctifies every place and time in which we live. 

Richard Herman