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opening prayers

Opening a meeting such as a seminar or church service in prayer is like laying a blanket of grace upon the ground. The love of Christ settles in the hearts and minds of all those present. Suddenly we come under the authority of God and the disputes, stress and apathy that we may have experienced during the week loses its grip on our lives.
Celtic Cross
As we walk upon the grace that the kingdom of God brings other motives arise within us. Understanding, forgiveness, vision and hope begin to direct our paths. Prayer opens the door to God's beautiful presence and we find ourselves in submission to his perfect ways and wonders. The following prayers cover topics such as opening prayers for seminars, services, school assemblies and school staff meetings.

Seminar Room

Seminar Room

Opening prayer for a seminar
(a sample prayer for before a seminar workshop)

Lord God,

We thank you that you promise to be with us always. Thank you that your presence is with us right now.

Today we give you our hearts, our minds and our lives. Come speak your words of life into our beings. We pray that you would deepen our comprehension, broaden our thinking, and transform our understanding of what we are about to study. For you are our wise counsellor, our perfect teacher and our faithful friend.

Thank you Lord.


Opening Prayer

Here is the above prayer as a short video, suitable for showing at the start of a seminar, training session or workshop.

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Opening prayer for a worship service

God of grace,

We open our hearts, minds and souls to worship to you.
Thank you that today we dwell in your kingdom and live in your presence.
Thank you that as we gather together we join with all Christians across the world to glorify your holy name.
Come be with us, inspire us and lead us in our time together.
We ask all this in the beautiful name of Jesus.


As We Gather Here

A prayer suitable for beginning a small meeting (such as a bible seminar) or church service.

As We Gather Here

(the prayer in the film above)

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.


(prayer courtesy

pink celtic frame

celtic frame

Opening prayer for a school assembly

Lord God,

We choose to look to you as we begin this school day.
We ask that you would reveal your love to us anew.
Lord, we give you our friendships, our learning, our hopes and our troubles.
Come help us to work together in love and forgiveness.


Prayer before a meeting in school

(a teacher's prayer)

Lord of all,

Be Lord in our school. We ask for your presence to be with us as we meet today.
May we be aware of your Lordship, that we serve you, your love and your children. Inspire our thoughts, discussions and ideas as we seek to work together to ensure that our school is your school.


inspiring quote for opening a meeting with:

Psalm 100 verse 5 with a sunset across a valley

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Short prayers suitable for beginning meetings, bible studies, church services and worship events.


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