Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on The Cross
Inspired by Isaiah 43:1-7
The God who breathed this world alive
And sustains it day by day,
Whose hands flung stars into space
And controls our destiny,
Says, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”
The God who filled the ocean depths,
And set tides on their way,
Who caused mountains to be raised up,
And rainbows to display,
Says, “I have called you by name, you are mine.”
The God who made the fertile earth
And seed within to sow,
Whose artistry creates butterflies
And the early morning dew,
Says, “You are precious in my sight.”
John Birch, Faith and Worship
And to God the Holy Spirit,
Whose infinite greatness
Enfolds the whole world,
In Persons three and one,
In essence simple and triune,
Suspending the earth above the waters,
Hanging the upper air with stars,
That he may be favorable to me, a sinner,
Who righteously justifies all who err,
Who ever-living lives.
May God be blessed for ages. Amen.
Let it be so. Let it be so.
Eloe, Sabaoth, Ya, Adonai,
Eli Eli Lama Sabacthani.
Taken from “The Prayers of Moucan”, in Celtic Spirituality, Ed, Oliver Davies.
you are the power behind all things:
behind the energy of the storm,
behind the heat of a million suns.
you are the power behind all minds:
behind the ability to think and reason,
behind all understanding of the truth.
you are the power behind the cross of Christ:
behind the weakness, the torture, and the death,
behind unconquerable love.
we worship and adore you. Amen.
God of light and truth,
you are beyond our grasp or conceiving.
Before the brightness of your presence
the angels veil their faces.
With lowly reverence and adoring love
we acclaim your glory
and sing your praise,
for you have shown us your truth and love
in Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen
The Service for the Lord’s Day. The Worship of God: Supplemental Liturgical Resource 1. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 1984