An Opening Prayer for Worship

Glorious and holy Father,
You have called us out of darkness into your marvelous light
to declare the excellencies of Christ our Lord.
As we come to you today, give us eyes to see and savor your Son.
By your Spirit, make him so believable and beautiful
that we are drawn to awe-struck, joyous worship.
Awaken our affections to the glory of the gospel.
captivating us by the cross.
Draw our minds from trivial thoughts
to the weight of your living word.
Let it land on our hearts with transforming power,
working in us what is pleasing in your sight.
As we come to your table, feed us with the feast of your favor.
Let it strengthen our faith and gladden our hearts
That we may leave this place emboldened by your Spirit
to live, love, and lose our lives for the sake of Jesus Christ.
In his precious name we pray, Amen.

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