Opening Prayer: Exodus 20:1-20

Here’s a prayer of praise based on Exodus 20:1-20, one of the suggested scripture readings for October 2, 2011 (Proper 22A, Ordinary 27A).  It was written by Moira Laidlaw.

Prayer of Praise and Adoration
(based on Exodus 20: 1-20)

We worship you, O God, as Creator and Liberator
You led the captives out of Egypt,
delivering them from the oppression of slavery.
You gave laws which enabled people to relate to you,
to one another,
and to the whole creation.
You implored people to worship only you,
knowing that whatever was put in your place
would all to easily become the object of idolatry,
and the priority of people’s hearts.
You showered us with blessings
by revealing in Jesus just how precious we are to you,
and through him
you delivered us into a new and living relationship with you
and with one another—
with a new commandment—
a commandment of love.
May we reveal the depth of our love
as we praise and adore you, O God,
in Jesus name and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

—Moira Laidlaw, on her website Liturgies Online.  See that site for many other great resources.