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                                                                                                         Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on the Bible

Bible Study

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


From the very beginning was

Your Word,

Which spoke this world into being,

Your Word,

Which thunders from the skies,

Your Word,

Which flows like mountain streams,

Your Word,

Which whispers in morning breeze,

Your Word,

Revealed through kings and prophets,

Your Word,

Revealed through Angels’ praise,

Your Word,

Revealed in humble service,

Your Word,

Revealed through a tiny child,

Your Word,

Alive from the beginning of all things,

And to eternity.

John Birch, Faith and Worship


Words and Ways

Your words and ways are

Perfect

Sure

Right

Clear

 

Your words and ways are

Pure

True

Righteous

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


We Cry, “Glory!” based on the Parable of the Sower

Lord of Life

You sow extravagantly

Generously

 

Some would cry, “Foolish”

We cry, “Glory!”

 

You sow your Word

Your Promises

Your Salvation

Your Self

“Glory!” to your grace and mercy

 

You save us from the stealing

The shallow

The choking thorns

“Glory!” to your deliverance and power

 

You make our lives good, rich soil

Ready for your seed

In you, we grow up and increase and yield

“Glory!” to your goodness and faithfulness

 

We rejoice in you and in being your harvest

Help us bear your good and lasting fruit

now and always,

for the honor and glory of your name. Amen

We Cry, “Glory!” © 2018 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com


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