Lord God, our Creator, we praise you, not only for the power you displayed when you created the world out of nothing, but also for the love with which you continually hold your creation in caring hands. We praise you for the way you have demonstrated your sovereign will, not only through your creation, but also through the continuing re-creation of all things through your Son, Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. We have come to add our praises to those who, down the centuries and all across the world, have seen your glory, recognized your purpose and responded to your love. Lord God, our Creator, we are only too well aware that our praises will never be worthy of you. We ask that you will receive the songs we sing, the prayers we offer and the commitment we make. By the power of the Holy Spirit, transform them into praise that brings you glory. We ask this through Jesus Christ, the one through whom we offer all our praises.