Here’s a prayer of thanksgiving and praise for the start of worship. It was posted on My Redeemer Lives website.
Prayer of Praise
O God from whom every gift derives,
we gather to worship You this day.
You are an awesome God,
greater than our comprehension or our imagination.
You are beyond any word we could ever use to describe You.
And yet, through Jesus, we know the intimacy of Your vast love.
We have come to You in thanksgiving and praise,
to know that You are God
and to place our lives anew into Your perspective.
Enlarge our vision this hour with Your Word.
Instill in us, again,
Your hope in place of our despair,
Your peace where our hatred threatens,
Your joy amidst our depression,
Your love overwhelming our apathy.
May Your Holy Spirit surround
and indwell this congregation now,
In Jesus we pray. Amen.
~ posted on My Redeemer Lives website. http://www.myredeemerlives.com/prayers.html