Short congregational prayer
(A short prayer of thanksgiving suitable for near the beginning of a service or meeting)
We lift your name high today, like a blanket of praise,
Thank you that you cover and embrace a fallen world.
Thank you for this grace, that flows endlessly to us each day.
Lord, we celebrate your love,
As we lay our burdens down at the foot of the cross.
Thank you that we can breathe in resurrection life,
Thank you that we are fully redeemed and restored.
Lord, today we drink in once again the hope of eternal life
And the promise of heaven.
Thank you for your presence.
Congregational prayer example
(A prayer with elements of worship, confession and intercession)
You made the earth on which we stand,
The air of which we breathe,
And the beauty in the sky we stand beneath.
How vast is your creativity,
How immeasurable is the delicate balance and detail in creation.
And yet you chase after us, like a shepherd watches sheep,
You know us by name and pour out grace through your redeeming love.
Father, you long for us to recognise your imprint on all we see,
To take hold of freedom from the prison of our humanity,
And to be redeemed to walk again with you.
Lord, let us now play our part in kingdom life,
May we take your light into the darkness.
May we give testimony to your redeeming work in our lives,
And love beyond the fringes of our own small lives.
Living by the Spirit, may you work through us to reach a hurting world.
a meditation on the nature of church in the 21st Century:-
"may you work through us to reach a hurting world"
"With all my heart I praise the LORD,
and with all that I am I praise his holy name!
With all my heart I praise the LORD!
I will never forget how kind he has been.
The LORD forgives our sins, heals us when we are sick,
and protects us from death.
His kindness and love are a crown on our heads.
Each day that we live,
he provides for our needs
and gives us the strength of a young eagle.".
(Psalm 103:1-5, CEV)
"Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him."
(Psalm 95:1-2, NLT)
My heart, O God, is steadfast,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn
(Psalm 57:7-8, NIV)