Prayers of Invocation

(1) Opening general prayer: Lord God, we are here to worship you. Let your love guide us, and your faithfulness lead us. We come to ask for your forgiveness, to hear your word, to gather round your table, and to bring you thanksgiving: Receive the praise of your people. Amen (from Ps 26)
(2) Opening prayer of praise: Praise the Lord, for the heavens declare his glory. Praise the Lord, for his law revives our souls. Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, our rock and our redeemer. (from Ps 19)
(3) Opening prayer for cleansing: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may more perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen. (from BCP)