Below are quotes from the Worship Sourcebook that may be useful as written or as a starting point for writing your own prayers.The Worship Sourcebook is copublished by The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Faith Alive Christian Resources (a CRC ministry), and Baker Books.ÂÂ Worship Sourcebook quotes (when used in bulletins) should include the phrase: "Reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, CRC Publications.)
Prayer of Adoration
O God, your constant love reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness extends to the skies.
Your righteousness towers like the mountains,
your justice is deeper than the sea.
All find protection under the shadow of your wings.
We feast on the abundance you provide.
You are the source of all life,
and in your light, we see light.
—based on Psalm 36:5-9
Loving God, we have gathered to meet you.
We have come to listen to you,
to seek you, to worship you.
You are the beginning of all things,
the life of all things; you knew us before we were born.
In you we become; in you we live.
Loving God, you are here and everywhere,
around us and within us; you know our inmost thoughts.
In you we hope; in you we live.
You are the source of serenity,
giving peace that is beyond our understanding.
In you we are still; in you we live.
Loving God, we live in you; we worship you.
Loving God, you live in us; we worship you. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
Aprayer of confession regarding respect for human life
Gracious Father, the God of life,
teach us ever more to respect and love all the lives you create.
Forgive us our lack of concern and love for those
who are yet unborn,
who are born with impairments,
who are rejected by their parents.
Teach us to open our hearts and our homes to all your children.
Forgive us when we are negligent and uncaring
for those who are elderly,
for those who are forgotten in nursing homes,
who merely exist in their old age,
who cannot afford medical care,
who suffer from a careless society.
Teach us to open our hearts,
to open our homes and churches,
to visit the lonely,
to bring your love into their lives on this earth.
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Profession of Faith
Nicene Creed – "And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life."
As God's creatures we are made in his image
to represent him on earth,
and to live in loving communion with him.
By sovereign appointment we are
earthkeepers and caretakers:
loving our neighbor, tending the creation,
and meeting our needs.
God uses our skills in the unfolding and well-being of his world.
Male and female, all of us are to represent God
as we do our tasks.
Whether single or married,
we are called to live within God's order
in lives of loving service.
No matter what our age, or race, or color,
we are the human family together,
for the Creator made us all.
Since life is his gift,
we foster the well-being of others,
protecting the unborn and helpless from harm.
—Our World Belongs to God, st. 10-12
Prayers of the People
We praise you, God our creator, for your handiwork
in shaping and sustaining your wondrous creation.
We especially thank you for
the miracle of life and the wonder of living . . .
particular blessings coming to us in this day . . .
the resources of the earth . . .
gifts of creative vision and skillful craft . . .
the treasure stored in every human life. . . .
(prayers for comfort in grief)
God of compassion and love,
you have breathed into us the breath of life
and have given us mind and will.
In our frailty we surrender all life to you from whom it came,
trusting in your gracious promises,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.