Week beginning November 22
Almighty God, everlasting Father, who has revealed yourself to us in Christ Jesus our Lord and saviour, I praise your name together with all creation. Prince of Peace, King of kings, good shepherd of our souls, I come to you in trust and in humility; I acknowledge my need for guidance and care; I thank you for your salvation, and for your unfailing love. Lord of Hosts, protect me and deliver me, I pray, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning November 15
Heavenly Father, I want to know you. I want to see you, like Philip. And I know I should look at Jesus the Son, who invites us still to come and learn and find rest for our souls. Give this rest, Lord, and give me your guidance. Be the Light in my ways, for I am your little one, ignorant and lost. I am weary, Lord, but I am also willing to take up the yoke, for I trust you, and you are my saviour, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning November 8
God Almighty, Lord of Hosts, I praise your name as I remember your miraculous deeds in the past, I acknowledge the wonders of your gracious providence, and the triumphs of your care and of your mercy. Today I remember with gratitude the deliverance you have given us in times of war, saving us from a terrible future, bringing us peace and the hope of justice. Prepare my heart as I prepare to worship you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning November 1
God of all truth and all glory, Father of Lights, I come to you with an open heart to learn about your ways, your Word, and your will to me. Teach me, Lord, and guide me! May the holy words of your Sacred Scriptures be always present in my mind. Thank you, Lord for the freedom we have to study the Bible. Thank you for the Reformation we today commemorate. Help us to continue the work started by the Reformers of old. Faithful Master and Lord, teach us to be faithful too, and help us to understand what the Bible is all about, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning October 25
God Most High, Father of power and glory, who controls the waters, who blesses us with rain, who is with us in times of tears and sorrow, I come to this house of prayer and worship to praise your name and witness to your love. I am content and I am grateful for all the beautiful little things that you provide, and that I see and experience, all the blessed little moments of my life. May your wisdom pour down upon us and cool us down bringing hope and tranquility. Lord Jesus Christ, your presence brings joy, goodness, and beauty into my life, and I celebrate the fellowship we have by the presence of the Spirit. As Solomon said (SS 1 :2), “your love is more delightful than wine,” Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning October 18
God of all mercy, thank you for a new day. My heart is glad, encouraged, and refocused. I love to come to your sanctuary, and I love to sing your praises amidst those who respect you, and to earnestly learn from you the ways of salvation and wisdom, and to grow in grace and in Christ the king. Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a sinner. Be my guide and my light, that I may also shine, as I strive to live according to your holy teachings. Lord, I love your lessons of love, but sometimes I get distracted. Change me, and give me the enthusiasm I need to receive your instruction, and to practice it, so that my training may be satisfactory and useful to you, Lord, as I make myself available to service, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning October 11
God Most High, thank you for teaching me how to pray, and for blessing me with spiritual joy, and for bringing me to your church. My heart is filled with gratitude, for you have been good to me. You protect me and guide me. Your providential care is constant and reliable. Even in times of trouble, you give me strength to stand firm, and wisdom to proceed. Thank you, Lord, even for my problems and my enemies, for they help me to grow spiritually, and to become a better person. Thank you, Lord, most of all, for having called me to belong to the congregation of the blessed, for qualifying me to share in the inheritance of the saints. Thank you for your mercy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning October 4
Father of Love and might, God Most High, I ask you to bless me this morning with a revitalized piety, a new understanding, and a renewed trust in you. May your Spirit lead me in worship, and open my heart and my mind to receive the incorruptible seed of your Eternal Word. Help me, Christ, as I strive to become of use to you in the fight against the ways of the world, and against my own sinful inclinations. My heart I offer you today, Lord, promptly and sincerely, as a living sacrifice. If I suffer, may I serve you in my suffering. If I am blessed with riches of all kinds, may I serve you with them. Whether I live or die, may my days and my death become an instrument in your hands, and a witness to all of my faith and of your love, God of mercy, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning September 27
Lord Jesus Christ, I come today to this house of prayer to celebrate your redemptive sacrifice. I have achieved forgiveness, total and definitive forgiveness, by grace through faith alone. Merciful God, give me a clear perception of my sinfulness, and an even clearer understanding of the events of Calvary, and the awesome power of the cross of Christ. May my daily life reflect my gratitude and devotion to you, my saviour and my redeemer. Lead me now to the green pastures and the quiet waters of nourishment and repose, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning September 20
Merciful Father, eternal and almighty, I am here to praise you and to acknowledge your authority over me, your ownership of my being, your Lordship over my life. I am nothing before your glory. You are everything to me, and my love for you is real and has no boundaries, just as I know your love for me is real and infinite. Many are the days in which I am confronted by the crude reality of evil around me, and also the crude veracity of hypocrisy and cruelty among apparently religious persons with whom I need to live. Help me, Father, to deal with all that with spiritual tranquility, courage, and compassion for those who are controlled by the evil one. Lead me into worship, helping me to concentrate upon your Word and your wisdom, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning September 13
God almighty, Father of love, merciful Lord, praised be your name forever. I’m grateful for your protection, care, and providence. Great is your faithfulness, Lord! It is a great privilege to worship you in the company of those who live immersed in your infinite ocean of compassion. I am weak, but you are the Almighty One, the Eternal. Prepare me now, Father, to be in your presence with words of worship, and may your Spirit continue to bless me and help me, not only now but every day of my life, as I proceed toward my destiny, which is to live in your dwelling place in heaven, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God and Lord forever. Amen.
Week beginning March 15
Have mercy, Lord. Clear me from hidden and unconscious faults. Forgive me for the sins of omission. For I am very much aware that no one can discern completely one’s own lapses and errors. Have mercy, Lord, upon the people of our nation and of the whole world. Bring them conviction of their sins, repentance, and healing. Heal our country and our planet, God Almighty. Visit us with your surprising grace. Thank you for calling us in Christ into your Kingdom, and for the peace you give us that we are under your care, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning March 8
Have mercy, Father, for I am a sinner. My faith is weak, my hope falters, my love fails to reach the heights of your demands. I am vain and proud, I am lazy and egotistical. I claim to be a Christian, and carry that name without living a life that impresses my neighbours for its purity, its excellence, and its example of unselfish sacrifice. I claim to be a disciple of Christ, but I have failed to live accordingly. In fact, I have failed to recognize my sins, my failures and how far I am to live a life that is pleasing to you. Help me, I pray; heal me, I pray; hold me tight and bring me closer to you, I pray. Have mercy, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning March 1
Have mercy, Father, for I have sinned against you and my fellow human beings. In this fallen world of ours, we live immersed in sinfulness. It is all around us, and it is difficult not to get entangled in collective sins of commission and omission. Plus, I have not always been able to control my temper, and the evil inclinations which have roots firmly planted in the soil of my heart. I regret it very much! Have mercy, Lord! Lead me into your paths of righteousness. Mend my heart, I humbly plea. Teach me your ways of justice and kindness. Have mercy, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning February 23
Thank you, Father Almighty, for your many blessings.
I come before you this morning to express my profound gratitude for all you have done for me. You’ve been showering blessings upon our whole congregation, and I praise your name! Your loving-kindness has no limits. I do not deserve it, for my heart is callous, and I am a sinner. And yet, your love for me is constant, your mercies are new every morning, and your saving grace in Christ Jesus has redeemed me from condemnation, perdition, and endless misery. Lord, keep me humble, forgiven and forgiving, and help to walk in holiness and to expand your kindness, your mercies, and your grace to all around me, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning February 16
God of grace, Father of mercy, I humbly bow and ask for your counsel. Give me your guidance, Lord, for your name’s sake. My soul thirsts for your Word, for divine wisdom and the knowledge of your love. Bless me this morning with the incomparable gift of feeding my soul with the bread that gives me life, eternal life, divine life. My mouth is open, like that of a bird in his nest. Please feed me and let me grow spiritually, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen
Week beginning February 9
Almighty God, King of kings, Lord of hosts, your glory is over all the Earth. Have mercy on me a sinner. I hide myself in Christ’s righteousness, and approach you with reverence and regret for my sins. Thank you, for your forgiveness and loving-kindness, for mercy and grace, for guidance and wisdom. Thank you for honouring me by listening to my prayers and worship, although I know I have lived in ways that offend you, and I do not deserve your attention and care. You are my Father, you love me, and I’m glad to be in your company, and to have fellowship with you in Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit. I know I’ll never walk alone, and I fear no evil, for you are with me, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning February 2
Dear father, I recognize the privilege of living under your care and being in this place of worship. I do not take it for granted. I am grateful that you have touched my heart, and called me, and maintained me under your care. You have been merciful to me throughout the years, and now I want to be merciful to all. Lord, I’m ready to learn to live in love, to be compassionate, to rejoice at the sight of your tender mercies toward all you have chosen, all you have reached, doesn’t matter who they are, or what they might have done, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning January 26
Dear father, I’m so glad to be able to come to this house of prayer and worship this morning. I’m ready to present myself to you, sinner that I am, in need of your blessings, your help, you guidance, your comfort. Have mercy, Lord. Mercy I ask, and receive me among those who want to be your servants. Thank you for revealing your love for me, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen
Week beginning January 19
O Lord my God, bless me this morning as I turn my eyes and thoughts toward you, and as I come worship with my brothers and sisters in Christ, in humility and faith. I thirst for your presence, for your guidance. Open my mind and my heart to be receptive to your Word. Let me perceive what I cannot see, as I journey toward my final destination, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen
Week beginning January 12
Dear Father in heaven, bless me as I pray, so that my words make sense and my thoughts have meaning before you. I am blessed under your grace, and I don’t want to continue to waste time anymore. Bless me and make me righteous and holy, Lord. Thank you for awakening me spiritually. Thank you for your grace. Give me a proper understanding of who I am and what I need to do to seek you first, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning January 5
God almighty, another year has started, and I still depend on you for everything, and every day I seek you in prayer. My heart is filled with uncertainties and fears, expectations and projects, and humbly I seek your guidance and your protection. Give me inspiration, Lord, I plea, and the courage I need to face the challenges ahead. Change my mind and mold my being according to your wisdom and loving-kindness. May your blessing be upon us all as we raise our voices to express our gratitude and confidence, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen
Week beginning December 29
Father in heaven, may your name be praised. As we approach the end of the year we become apprehensive. Bless us with your peace. Let us understand the tides and the seasons. Teach us to live wisely, according to our age and ministry. Give me your guidance, Lord, and sensitivity to understand how I can serve, and grow spiritually, and become a mature Christian, and a better human being. May all the attributes of Christ Jesus be present in me, so that I may witness His life through my life, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Week beginning December 22
God of Love, Father of Mercy, thank you for letting me see one more Christmas season. I marvel once again at the contemplation of all these mysteries which are all so meaningful to me, as to all Christians. I marvel at the loving simplicity of this wondrous day, and all of the details of this narrative. I pray that you give me wisdom and vision to grasp with sensibility the wonders of this combination of glory and simplicity. Loving Father, make me simple too, in my loving-kindness as well as in my meditation, that all the words of my mouth and all the thoughts of my mind may be always pleasant in your presence, and a continuous sequence of praise and witness of your love for me. May my heart be a simple manger for the present of the Saviour within me. This is my request, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning December 15
Almighty God, ruler of Heaven and Earth, my heart is filled with awe as I contemplate your glory and your wisdom. Thank you for the joy of Christmas. In Christ we see your love. You are a god of gracious giving, a God of mercy. You are “God with Us” who humbled yourself in love and came down to us, assuming a human form in Jesus Christ our saviour. This is our awe during the Christmas season: the fragile baby in a manger in the poor city of Bethlehem. Teach me the beautiful lessons of this amazing event, and guide us into the contemplation of your unfathomable redeeming acts, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning December 8
God of Love, God of Lights, my trust is upon you, and my hope is in you, in you I find peace. You have blessed me in the past, and you will bless me in the future. Now I come to this sanctuary to worship you for who you are, and to ask you for your guidance. I have experienced the great and constant miracles of your providential care. In peace I await your response to my cries for mercy. You have blessed us, Lord, and we are thankful. You are our King of Peace, and ready to be anointed with your Holy Spirit, ready to engage into the fullness of true discipleship, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning December 1
Good God of Love, God of Lights, my trust is upon you, and my hope is in you. You have blessed me in the past, and you will bless me in the future. Now I come to this sanctuary to worship you for who you are, and to ask you for your guidance. I have experienced the great and constant miracles of your providential care. In peace I await your response to my cries for mercy. You have blessed us, Lord, and we are thankful, and ready to be anointed with your Holy Spirit, ready to engage into the fullness of true discipleship, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning November 24
Almighty God, I praise your name and give you all the glory. Lead me into true and spiritual worship. May the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be praised! The name which is above all names! Christ’s name which is His identity, and which, in Christ, is becoming our new identity, as we are carved into your perfect character and will by the work of the Holy Spirit. Make us ready for the commissioning that you have given to your church. Make me into a true disciple, I ask you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning November 17
Father in heaven, may your name be praised now and forever! You are good, compassionate, kind and loving. You loved me when I wasn’t lovable; you reached out to me when I was rebellious and against you; you lit up my path when I was infatuated with darkness, lost and wandering away from you. And you gave us your Son that we may be reconciled. Now we live in peace, in a growing friendship. I pray that you help me grow in holiness by the power of the Holy Spirit sent by Christ to live within me. Chisel my inner being and build up my character, and strengthen my faith and my hope, I ask you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen. Amen. Amen.
Week beginning November 10
Dear Lord, I ask you to bless me this morning as I come to the sanctuary to worship your holy name and to receive your Word. Give me the sensibility to absorb into my mind your instruction and guidance. Make me malleable to the Holy Spirit’s work, and bring me the peace I need to proceed in life with hope and with joy despite the troubles I am currently facing. Gracious God, I offer you my heart. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning November 3
Father of Love, God of mercy, my heart is filled with devotion and desire to worship you. Give me your guidance in worship, as well as in my daily life. Fill my heart with you love that I may love those around me, and those I meet along the way. Teach me your tender mercies and unfailing grace that I may also be gracious with all. I praise your name and exalt you. Your love endures forever, and I am your child, Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning October 27
Father in Heaven, thank you for a new day, a new Sunday, a new opportunity to praise your name. Help us to understand your will, and to conform ourselves to it. Help us to worship you with our daily lives. May every day be a day of worship, communion, and service for us. We thank you for the faith heroes of the past, and today we remember the Reformers of the 16th century with gratitude. Help us to be faithful to their legacy, to emulate their courage, and to remember their conquests. God of grace and mercy, teach us about your righteousness and also about your love. Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning October 20
Almighty God, Lord of Hosts, blessed be you name upon all the Earth! We worship you this morning in complete trust and true faith that your unfailing promises are true and good. We look forward to seeing their fulfilment with joy, in hope and in peace. Bless us now with a vivid sense of your loving-kindness, Lord, and guide into a fuller communion with you in Christ. Thank you for blessing us with the gift of faith. God of mercy, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning October 13
Heavenly Father, God Most High, May your name be praised now and forever. We bring you today our hearts filled with utmost gratitude, to offer them to you upon the altar, sincerely ready for service, and also to be molded according to your will. Cleanse us, Lord, of all impurity, and make us holy, in Christ Jesus. May your Spirit help us to worship you this morning, God of forgiveness, of providential care, and unfailing mercies, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning October 6
Our God and Father, bless us as we join in worship, and bless us and keep us all through the day. Help us to be diligent in our devotion and also in our duties, work, and ministries. May we always find delight in those things that bring no regret. Help us to be kind and considerate, a light and a blessing to all. Help us to be always sincere and honest to face the truth. Merciful God, we ask your blessing. And may your name be praised. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning September 29
O God, our Father in Heaven, who makes the light shine out of darkness, who brings new life where was none, we thank you for waking us up for this new day that you have made, and for renewing us spiritually by the power of your eternal Word. May your Holy Spirit lead us today into new perceptions of your amazing grace. We gratefully worship you with hymns of praise, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning September 22
Mighty God, sovereign Lord of all creation, we bow down before you. You are also our Heavenly Father whose love has blessed us in so many ways, and our hearts are filled with gratitude and peace. We love you back with true devotion and the will to get closer to you, to get to know you better. Teach us about your love, about your ways. And help us to worship you, good Father, gracious Son, patient Holy Spirit Divine Instructor, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning September 15
Most righteous God, have mercy on us. Bless us this morning with a service of worship that springs from the heart. Help us not to go through the motions only, but to worship you verily and spiritually, the way you want it to be. Open our minds for your teaching, and open our hearts that we may be transformed into the likeness of Christ Jesus, our Lord, for we want to be faithful disciples as we continue our pilgrimage in this world. Teach us to be springs of your living waters, O Holy God, Father Almighty, Son of Grace, Holy Spirit Divine Counselor, One God now and forever. Amen.
Week beginning September 8
Almighty God, Lord of Hosts, Compassionate Father, have mercy on us, we pray, as we approach your throne this morning, and contemplate in awe your glory and your power. We are very fragile; we are your little ones. We belong to you, and we depend upon you. We come before you with deep reverence, fear and trembling, for we know you are a holy God, and we also know that our sins offend you. Give us the grace of coming before you with the proper humility. Give us the gifts of spiritual understanding, of true devotion, and of genuine faith. We pray that you give us your blessing and receive our worship this morning, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.