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worship prayers

Small bird singing

Small bird singing

Call to worship prayer
(a short prayer suitable to say just before worshipping God in song)

Father God,

You have created us to be makers of music! Thank you for the sounds of heaven that connect us to your eternal Kingdom. We thank you for the birdsong, for the breaking waves upon a shore, for the sound of laughter and for the songs you have given us. And we thank you that we can sing to you now, that our hearts can soar to you in melody, and our voices can rise to you in harmony.

Come take our lives now. May the worship of our hearts be a sweet lullaby in your ear.


Opening prayer for worship
(a prayer for opening a meeting or service with)

We join with all creation, with every ounce of this beautiful world that sings praise to you O God.
We join now with all of heaven, with every grain of kingdom promise, and all of eternity which sing praise to you O God.
We join now because we are unique parts of your creation, individually crafted by your hands, with a destiny to worship with the angels in eternity.

Lord, thank you for the gift of worship. What a remarkable privilege this is.


as we gather here

a prayer suitable for beginning a small meeting (e.g. bible study) or church service:-

prayer in this film

As We Gather Here

As we gather here in the harbour of your safety
We thank you for fellowship and family.

We ask that you will strengthen us, restore us and inspire us with your love.
Lord, would fill us with your peace
So that as we journey onwards
We would pour out your love and grace to others.
We ask that our souls would catch the wind of your spirit
so that we would take your promises to all the earth.


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related prayers

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prayers of praise

Examples of contemporary prayers of praise to God, with a short prayer of thanksgiving suitable for a worship service.

Seminar Room

opening prayers

A page featuring three sample prayers for opening meetings, with a prayer for a morning school assembly and a short prayer for a church worship service.

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thanksgiving film

A short film which thanks God for his faithfulness through the changing seasons of life.

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