Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Trust

Sermon Illustrations on Trust

You, Lord God, made the eternal fabric of the world appear, and you created the earth. You are always trustworthy, you judge fairly, excellent and marvelous in your power; wise in creating and careful to make firm what you have made, blessing us with the visible creation and dependable for those who trust in you, merciful and compassionate. 

Forgive us our sins and our shortcomings, our breaking of your laws and our lack of righteousness. We are your servants; do not blame us for all that we have done wrong, but make us clean with your truth, and guide our steps to walk in holiness and righteousness and singleness of heart, that we may do those good things which will please you and win the favor of our rulers. 

Lord, make your face to shine upon us in peace, for our good, that we may be sheltered by your mighty hand and set free from the conse­quences of sin by the power of your arm. Protect us against those who unjustly hate us. Give peace and harmony to us and to all who dwell on earth, while we obey your almighty and most excellent name, and while we obey our earthly rulers and governors, as you did to our ancestors, when they prayed to you in faith and truth with holiness.

Letter of 1 Clement 60, from Michael Counsell, Ed, 2000 Years of Prayer, Morehouse Publishing, 1999.

Listen and Act


Joseph is silent

He listens and acts


Lord, help us listen

Still the noise around us and in us

Still the urgency and anxiety

Still the destruction and falsehood

ONE: Lord, help us listen

Break through with your still, small voice

with your calm and clarity

with your leading and light

ALL: You reveal the needed next steps

You provide all we need to make the journey

ONE: Lord, help us listen and help us act


Listen and Act © 2022 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia,

Wondrous God


Your joy is our strength


Nothing more

Nothing less

Nothing else


Grant us grace to receive you and your joy

Grant us grace to trust it above all other powers and plans

Grant us grace to bear it and share it as generously as you


For the honor is yours

The majesty is yours

and Your kingdom is at hand


 Your Joy is Our Strength © 2019 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia,

Prayer for Holy Saturday

There are so many things we do not understand

So many ways we long for change and closure

Help us to trust you

even when the situation is desperate and out of control

Help us to follow you

even when the way unclear

Help us to wait and rest

even when every bit of us screams to act

Build in us a faith that endures

Even when we can’t see you

Or feel you near

Or understand

A faith that endures the waiting

The grief of now and not-yet 

The ache of in-between

The pregnant pause

Your power and goodness are never diminished

Morning is coming


Prayer for Holy Saturday © 2021 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia,