Opening Prayer: Psalm 85

Here’s an opening prayer inspired by Psalm 85: 8-13. It comes from the Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren.

Opening Prayer
(inspired by Psalm 85:8-13)

Lord God,
speak your peace to your people, gathered here in Jesus’ name.
We confess that our faithfulness to you,
our obedience to your calling,
our righteousness is not steadfast and true.
In living out our praise, we too easily falter after the first page.
Were it not for the lavish gift of your Son, we would be lost.

Through him, however, we turn to you in our hearts,
knowing your steadfast love and faithfulness,
your righteousness and peace.
In him your salvation is at hand.
We thank you.

May this worship reflect your goodness,
as we respond to you with our heart, soul, and mind.

Make a path in the middle of this congregation today,
and walk among us through your Holy Spirit.

This we pray in the name of the One who is your peace, your salvation—
Jesus Christ. Amen.

~ posted on the Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren website.