Opening Prayer: Proper 16 B

Here’s an opening prayer based on 1 Kings 8 and Ephesians 6:10-20, two of the suggested scripture readings for Proper 16 B (Ordinary 21 B), the thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  It comes from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2009.

Opening Prayer
(based on 1 Kings 8, Ephesians 6:10-20)

Holy One of mystery and power,
there is no God like you
in heaven above or on earth below,
keeping covenant and steadfast love
with all who walk before you
with pure and upright hearts.
Fill our lives with your glory,
as you filled the temple with cloud
when Solomon first brought the ark
into your holy dwelling place.
Give us the strength and the power
to withstand the forces of evil
at work in our lives and in our world. Amen.

~ Adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2009, © 2008 Abingdon Press.  Posted on the Ministry Matters website.