Opening Prayer: Worshiping with Our Lives

Here’s an opening prayer inspired by Isaiah 58: 1-9.  It was written by Rev. Iona MacLean.

Opening Prayer
(inspired by Isaiah 58:1-9)

“Is this not the fast I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?”  Isaiah 58:6

God of compassion and justice,
the worship you choose for us is to loose the bonds of injustice,
to let the oppressed go free,
to share bread with the hungry,
to shelter the homeless poor.

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn
and your healing shall spring up quickly.

So in praise and wonder, we come to worship you
not just with our words
but with our hearts and our lives.
Glory and honour be to you, O God,
Creator of a new heaven and a new earth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

~ The Rev. Iona MacLean, First Presbyterian Church, Pictou, Nova Scotia, in Change is Happening, published by the Presbyterian World Service & Development,, the development and relief agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.