50 inspirational Sunday quotes for pastors

August 31, 2021

An inspiring quote can pack a powerful punch. Every experienced preacher and public speaker knows the impact of a well-chosen quote to reinforce their ideas, capture their audience’s attention, and drive their point home. 

However, for pastors and church leaders, finding effective Sunday quotes to share often takes a lot of time. To make this easier, we’ve compiled a list of 50 powerful Sunday morning quotes and inspirational Bible verses for you to use during your weekend services.  

These inspirational Sunday quotes are divided into four categories:

  1. “Happy Sunday” quotes to welcome your congregation
  2. Sunday morning quotes about hope
  3. Sunday morning quotes about love
  4. “Have a blessed Sunday” quotes to wrap up your services 

Feel free to copy and paste these Sunday quotes and Bible verses to share via social media, email, push notifications, and more!

       

Happy Sunday quotes

“Happy Sunday” quotes to welcome your congregation

Sharing quotes focused on joy and happiness is a great way to greet your congregation in the morning and lift the spirits of everyone attending. Beyond just saying “good morning,” Sunday quotes will bring encouragement and prepare your audience for receiving your message.

 “A genuine revival without joy in the Lord is as impossible as spring without flowers, or day-dawn without light.” Charles H. Spurgeon

 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95:1–2 (NIV)

 “Sunday is a day to look at what you thought was previously impossible and push it forward into the present where it becomes possible.” Byron Pulsifer

 “The Bible teaches that true joy is formed in the midst of the difficult seasons of life.” Francis Chan

 “Whenever your heart starts to be anxious about the future, preach to your heart and say, 'Heart, who do you think you are to be afraid of the future and nullify the promise of God? No, heart, I will not exalt myself with anxiety. I will humble myself in peace and joy as I trust this precious and great promise of God: He cares for me.'” John Piper

 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)

 “A day to reflect,a day of respect,for all you have been blessed,let your joy be expressed.” Catherine Pulsifer

 “Joy is not necessarily the absence of suffering, it is the presence of God.” Sam Storms

 They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord—the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more. Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness.  I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. Jeremiah 31:12–13 (NIV)

 “If you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.” Billy Sunday

 “Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.” Joseph Addison

 “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” C.S. Lewis

       

Sunday quotes about hope

Sunday quotes about hope

People attending your service come with a wide variety of worries and needs—physical, emotional, and spiritual. However, one universal need is hope. Hopelessness robs us of joy, strength, motivation, and sense of purpose.

Here are some hope-filled Sunday morning quotes and Bible verses to encourage you and your church, ignite your optimism, and build your faith.

 “Hope is called the anchor of the soul because it gives stability to the Christian life. But hope is not simply a ‘wish’ (I wish that such-and-such would take place); rather, it is that which latches on to the certainty of the promises of the future that God has made.” Dr. RC Sproul

 “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words—and never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson

 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5 (NIV)

 “When all of earth turns against you, all of heaven turns toward you. To keep your balance in a crooked world, look at the mountains. Think of Home.” Max Lucado

 "Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible." Corrie Ten Boom

 “One of the great enemies of hope is forgetting God's promises.” John Piper

 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:30–31 (NIV)

 “God doesn't always take you out of the problem. He stretches your faith by taking you through the problem.” Rick Warren

 “You can look forward with hope, because one day there will be no more separation, no more scars, and no more suffering in My Father’s House. It's the home of your dreams!” Anne Graham Lotz

 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

 “Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don't. You are in good company... You will argue with yourself that there is no way forward. But with God, nothing is impossible. He has more ropes and ladders and tunnels out of pits than you can conceive. Wait. Pray without ceasing. Hope.” John Piper

 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 (ESV)

 "What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God." Rick Warren

       

Sunday quotes about love

Sunday quotes about love

Another universal theme that resonates with Christians from all walks of life is love. Countless songs, poems, books, plays, and movies have been made on the topic. Yet, many people feel unloved, unworthy of love, or unable to love. 

Use the following Sunday morning inspirational quotes about love to reveal how God loves us, and how his love goes deeper than we can imagine.

 “Though our feelings come and go, his love for us does not.” C.S. Lewis

 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness Lamentations 3:22–23 (ESV)

 “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” St. Augustine

 “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

 “To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” G.K. Chesterton

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:35–37 (NIV)

 “If we have got the true love of God shed abroad in our hearts, we will show it in our lives. We will not have to go up and down the earth proclaiming it. We will show it in everything we say or do.” D.L. Moody

 “The overriding character trait of Jesus is love, and the entire Gospel story is woven with love. Sometimes it’s not easy, and oftentimes it requires sacrifice, but it’s when we love that we are the most like Jesus.” Steven Furtick

 “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?’” Mother Teresa

       

“Have a blessed Sunday” quotes

“Have a blessed Sunday” quotes to wrap up your services

When concluding your church service or dismissing your congregation, send them home with a powerful thought to help them live their lives on mission! The following Sunday morning inspirational quotes and Bible verses are excellent for reading at the end of your worship services, reinforcing your message, and sending everyone home with a blessing. 

 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5–6 (ESV)

 “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.” Corrie Ten Boom

 Remember the 4 R's of Sunday blessings: be Rested, be Restored, be Refreshed, and, be Renewed! Anonymous

 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24–26 (NKJV)

 “Once I was free in the shackles of sin:Free to be tempted, just bound to give in;Free to be captive to any desire;Free to eternally burn in hell’s fire.‘Til Someone bought me and called me His slave:Bound by commands I am free to obey;Captive by beauty I’m free to adore—Sentenced to sit at His feet evermore.” John MacArthur

 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38–39 (NIV)

 “I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” John 16:33 (MSG)

 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus Philippians 4:4–7 (NIV)

 “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family." Mother Teresa

 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 (NIV)

 “But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life.” John Piper

 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16–18 (NIV)

 “God takes our sins—the past, present, and future—and dumps them in the sea and puts up a sign that says NO FISHING ALLOWED.” Corrie Ten Boom

 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

 "You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read." John MacArthur

Sunday morning inspirational quotes and inspirational Bible verses can make a big impression on your listeners, keep their attention, and drive home the heart of your message. 

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