PRAYER OF PRAISE NO. 1
Our Father in heaven,
Praise be to you from everlasting to everlasting. Yours is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. You are the ruler over all things; you are exalted as the head over all creation. Greatness is yours — so limitless that it cannot be fathomed. Generations before us have commended your works, each to the following generation, telling of your mighty acts and wonderful deeds, and we thank you for them and their good examples for us.
Now we come before your throne to give you thanks and praise your glorious name. We thank you for your awesome deeds of creation and all your uncountable gifts, particularly your greatest gift, your beloved and only Son, in whom we have redemption through his blood. Thank you that he willingly gave his very life to redeem us, and for the glorious hope he brought to the human family. We are very grateful also for the church Jesus built and its wonderful message of salvation. Our hearts overflow with gratitude to you for this precious time together, with its opportunity to pray together and to read and consider portions of your word.
Now to you, the Father of lights, we offer our love and our prayer that you will be surrounded in honor and might forever — in the name of your Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords, our Redeemer and Savior, Jesus Christ.