‘The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.’
Lord, with grateful hearts we approach you, the living God, the glorious God.
How merciful you have been to us
In giving us a revelation of yourself,
In drawing near to us,
In not giving us up to the worship of false gods,
gods of wood or stone,
gods who are nothing more than a figment of our imagination.
You have brought us face to face with yourself, Almighty God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and the gracious covenant God who in mercy to his people provided atonement for our sins that we might know you, love you, and ultimately dwell in your presence for evermore.
You are the God who hears his people’s prayers; how many of us can identify with the psalmist and those of whom he speaks in their cries to you in fear and in need.
You have heard;
You have delivered;
And you have protected.
Afresh this morning and throughout this day,
We would taste and see that the Lord is good.
We would repose our confidence in you once again and in the truth of your holy Word.
We pray that you will draw near to us as we wait upon you in this hour.
We ask for your blessing upon those who are unable to be with us today.
We remember those who are upon our hearts and for whom we are especially burdened.
Hear our prayers for them.
We ask you to bless the ministries of our church. Thank you for the freedom that we have to reach out in so many different ways with the gospel and with means to build up your people.
Remember our missionaries serving you in different parts of the world.
Remember your persecuted people in different parts of the world,
and throw around them the shield
and arms of your protection; keep them in your peace.
Lord, be merciful to our world in all its terrible darkness and sin.
We ask that you will continue to send forth the light. May that light of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ illumine this very day the hearts of multitudes throughout our world.
May our Lord Jesus Christ see much of the travail of his soul this day and be satisfied.
Come to us, we pray, in each part of our worship.
Thank you for the privilege of singing the great hymns and psalms of our faith.
Thank you for the Word of God that is to be read, and for the exposition of that Word.
Lord, for these and for all your good gifts we give you thanks.
We implore your blessing through Jesus Christ our Lord.
written by David Campbell and Sara Leone