Responsive Prayer of Praise (“We Praise Thee, O God”)
The following prayer can be used responsively with the congregation, alternating between the prayer and the hymn stanzas below:
Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.
Stanza 1: We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, Creator…
By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas. You silence the roaring of the seas, the crashing of their waves, the tumult of the peoples. Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs.
Stanza 2: We worship Thee, God of our fathers…
You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water. You provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with riches.
Stanza 3: With voices united our praises we offer…