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                                                                         Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on The Trinity

Sermon Illustrations on the Trinity

We pray to God the Father, God the Son,

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 us, a group of sinners,

Who righteously justifies all who sin,

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.

Modernized and adapted for Corporate Worship by Stuart Strachan Jr., Taken from “The Prayers of Moucan”, in Celtic Spirituality (Series: Classics of Western Spiritiuality) Trans., Oliver Davies, Paulist Press, 2000.


Heavenly Father, blessed Son, eternal Spirit,

We adore you as one Being, one Essence,

one God in three distinct Persons,

for bringing sinners to the knowledge of you and your kingdom.

O Father, you have loved us and sent Jesus to redeem us;

O Jesus, you have loved us and taken on our nature,

You who shed your own own blood to wash away our sins,

Who worked righteousness to cover our unworthiness;

O Holy Spirit, you have loved use and entered our hearts,

implanted there eternal life,

revealed to us the glories of Jesus.

Three Persons and one God, we bless and praise you,

for love so unmerited, so unspeakable, so wondrous,

so mighty to save the lost and raise them to glory.

O Father, we thank you that in fullness of grace

You have given me to Jesus,

to be his sheep, jewel, portion;

O Jesus, we thank you that in fullness of grace

You have accepted, supported, bound us;

O Holy Spirit, we thank you that in fullness of grace

You have exhibited Jesus as our salvation,

implanted faith within us,

subdued our stubborn hearts,

made us one with him forever.

O Father, you are enthroned to hear our prayers,

O Jesus, your hand is outstretched to take our petitions,

O Holy Spirit, you are willing to help our sufferings,

to show us our need, to supply words, to pray within us,

to strengthen us that we do not faint in our supplication.

O Triune God, who commanded the universe,

You have commanded us to ask for those things

that concerns your kingdom and our souls.

Let us live and pray as one baptized into the threefold Name.

Taken from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, ed. Arthur Bennett (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1975), 3. Language modernized for corporate worship by Stuart Strachan Jr.


God our Father, 

Lord our Shepherd, 

Spirit of the Living God, 

One in Three … and Three in One:  

We praise You our Creator, Savior, and Provider. 

By Your grace, we lack nothing. 

You feed us in body and in soul. 

You give us rest when we are weary. 

You direct us on ways that are good and right. 

You go with us through the dark times 

so we will not walk them alone. 

You protect us in Your goodness  

with Your strength. 

You spread before us  

a banquet in the wilderness 

and a feast in the face of whoever  

and whatever threatens us. 

You pour over us Your oils  

of cleansing grace, of healing, and of gladness. 

And no matter where we have wandered, 

You open wide Your arms wide to welcome us home. 

That is why we praise You; 

That is why we love You; 

That is why we are here to worship You today,  

our God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 

the One in Three and the Three in One.  AMEN. 

Richard Herman