Aug 12, 2013

Call to Worship, Opening Prayer: Psalm 51

Here’s a combination opening prayer/call to worship, inspired by verses from Psalm 51.  It is excerpted from a longer prayer found on Oratio Contemplativa.

Call to Worship / Opening Prayer
(inspired by Psalm 51)

King of all the earth,
Creator of the universe,
Holy Triune God,
From everlasting to everlasting, you are Lord.
You are merciful and full of loving-kindness and great compassion;
We will rejoice, for your grace, O Lord, has overflowed for us.
You have washed us thoroughly from our wickedness
and cleansed us from our sin;
We will rejoice, for your grace, O Lord, has overflowed for us.
Against you alone have we sinned,
and to you alone do we look for restoration;
We will rejoice, for your grace, O Lord, has overflowed for us.
Who is like our God, the One who takes away the iniquity of his people,
the One who gives them clean hearts and right spirits?
We will rejoice, for your grace, O Lord, has overflowed for us.
This is our God, the Holy One.  
Come before him with thanksgiving and offer him the sacrifice of praise.