Sunday Prayer 51

We choose to abide in You,
You who are the Vine of the Lord;
we choose to abide.

We abide in Your love,
that love which called our names before anything,
that love which brought forth all creation;
we choose to abide.

We abide in Your commands,
those commands for which we were made to live,
those commands which bring us to life through obedience;
we choose to abide.

We choose to abide in You,
who place us in the hands of the great Vinedresser;
we choose to abide.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 50

You are our God, and we praise You;
no other is worthy of praise like You.
May our gathering together bring You delight
as we worship You in the splendor of Your holiness.

There is no other Name –
no hero, no leader, no friend, no preacher –
who deserves praise like You;
receive all our praise, oh God.

Then let our daily lives overflow from this gathering
as a living sacrifice of worship offered upon
the altar of our praise to You.
Take each thought, word, and deed
and receive them as worship,
even as You refine them in holiness more and more.

As we walk this earth day by day,
may the sweet aroma of Christ emanate from our lives
in the incense of prayer.
May that sweet smell overwhelm and counteract
the stench of death in this world,
drawing people to the good news
of Jesus the Messiah and Risen King.

Receive our praises, oh God,
and take our lives, oh God,
for Your highest praise.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 49

Heavenly Father,
Your awesome power surpasses our view,
and Your majesty is beyond our comprehension.
It is even this reality which makes Your grace more amazing
and Your love more tender.

The Scripture tells us:
‘The Name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe’ (Proverbs 18:10).

We run into Your Name – Your character –
for refuge because of Your power and majesty;
if You are for us, who can be against us?

And we run into Your name for covenant-love,
finding that nothing can separate us from
the tender, fierce love of the God who made us
and came for us in Christ.

We seek You.
We praise You.
We hide in You.
We live in You.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 48

After the dark of death
After the loss of life
After the gift seemed broken and discarded
After the pulsing pain
After the weary final gasp
After the heavy heave of stone over tomb

The light breaks forth
The Son shines like day
The victory resounds and heaven cheers
The surging joy
The rising hope
The empty space now filled with life

Jesus
our risen King
light of the world
we worship You
Savior
incarnate life
resilient Lord
we praise Your matchless Name.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 47

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai,
he instructed the people in Your Law
and guided them into the ways of Your covenant.

He also directed them in the construction of the tabernacle
as the Holy Spirit descended on Bezalel and Oholiab,
giving them gifts of artistry and craftsmanship for worship.

The people made great sacrifices of their best possessions,
silver and gold give for the worship
and fashioned for worship in the tabernacle.

As we gather today, we are a kingdom of priests,
worshiping in spirit and in truth,
offering our best of spiritual sacrifices as the new house
in which You dwell.

Be glorified in us as we offer our best gifts in worship;
be magnified through us s we use the gift You give;
be exalted among us a we worship only You.

All this we pray through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who, with You and the Holy Spirit,
is the exalted One God,
both now and forever.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]