Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Scripture

Sermon Illustrations on the Bible

Words and Ways

Your words and ways are





Your words and ways are




Every one

Their value, beyond price

Their goodness, beyond delight

Their counsel, enduring blessing

Place in me a longing

To desire them

Become them

Every one

Words and Ways © 2021 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com

Opening Prayer for Transfiguration Sunday

Radiant Christ,

You are Mystery

You are Holy

You are God

Give us eyes to see you and your glory

Eyes to see your sustaining and saving

Eyes to see your future and your now

Eyes to see and to follow. Amen

Radiant Christ © 2021 by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com

O God, this day we thank you for your Book.

For those who wrote it, for those who lived close to you, so that you could speak to them and so give them a message for their day and for ours;

We thank you, O god.

For those who translated it into our own languages,

Often at the cost of blood and seat and agony and death, so that your word can speak to us in the tongue we know;

We thank you, O God.

For scholars who print it and publish it, and for the great Bible Societies whose work makes it possible for the poorest of people all over the world to possess your word;

We thank you, O God.

For its thrilling stories of high and gallant adventure;

For tis poetry which lingers for ever in the memory of men; [and women]

For tis teaching about how to live and how to act and how to speak;

For its record of the thoughts of men about you and about our blessed Lord;

For its comfort in sorrow, for its guidance in perplexity, for its hope in despair;

Above all else for it’s picture of Jesus:

We thank you, O God.

And so grant that in searching the Scriptures we may find life for ourselves and for others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

William Barclay, Prayers for the Christian Year, Harper Chapel Books, 1965

We believe, O Lord, that you have not abandoned us to the dim light of our own reason to conduct us to happiness, but that you have revealed in Holy Scriptures whatever is necessary for us to believe and practice. How noble and excellent are the precepts, how sublime and enlightening the truth, how persuasive and strong the motives, how powerful the assistance of your holy religion. Our delight shall be in your statutes, and we will not forget your Word. Amen. 

Richard Allen