Here’s an opening prayer inspired by Psalm 130. It was written by Joan Stott, and posted on The Timeless Psalms.
(inspired by Psalm 130)
O Lord our God, we come to you, seeking to
rise up from the depths and agony of despair.
Please listen, our Saving God—
we need your help and blessing.
Lord, through the tenderness
of your mercy towards us
we have learned to worship you—
and to revere your Holy Name;
therefore, we place our entire trust
and hope in you, our Trustworthy God.
We gather to offer you our thanks,
for we know that you offer us
your unfailing love and mercy
that is beyond our understanding.
You know our longing for forgiveness,
and you offer us your presence - which
blesses us from God’s overflowing store
of mercy, hope, freedom and joy. Amen.
~ written by Joan Stott, and posted on The Timeless Psalms. If any part of these Prayers and/or Meditations is used in shared worship, please provide the following acknowledgement: © 2011 Joan Stott – ‘The Timeless Psalms’ RCL Psalms Year A. Used with permission.