Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on The Image of God

Sermon Illustrations on the Image of God

God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit;  

   God of hope, of new life— 

All our times are in Your hands.  

We thanks and praise You,  

for you are the Lord of our yesterdays, 

our todays and our tomorrows. 

In You, the old is redeemed and 

      everything has become new! 

Knowing that You are good and strong,  

loving, wise and faithful; 

we trust you with all that’s on our hearts today—  

from that which brings us to tears in laughter, 

to that which causes us to weep in sorrow.  


Loving God, we thank You 

for grace you’ve shone to us this week, 

for prayers to which you’ve said “yes” 

and those to which you’ve said, “No—I have a better idea.” 


Jesus—Lord of the church, 

we pray or this congregation: 

May they be anointed with your touch, 

empowered by Your Spirit; and 

formed in Your image 

so everyone may see You in them, 

and through them; 

that as You are lifted higher, 

You can draw all people to Yourself in glory. 

Richard Herman

Gracious God of love – Father, Son and Holy Spirit: 

We are grateful that You’ve revealed yourself to us, 

telling us that each of us loved by You as children, 

each precious in Your sight, each a reflection of You, 

each bound together by love, which is Your presence among us. 

We come to you, O God, weary and carrying heavy burdens. 

Some of us bear the yoke of illness –  

and so we lift to you our needs for healing, 

and for others in need of being made well.   

Richard Herman