Call to Confession
We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. Let us confess our sin before God, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession
The madness is upon us, O God.
Before the turkey was even roasting this year,
we were racing to the stores,
focused on things
instead of gratitude,
Our badge of honor is in being "done"
before Christmas even arrives.
Forgive us, we pray.
In this waiting space,
remind us to wait ...
to call on your name ...
to reach out and take hold of you,
in the hand of a stranger ...
in the embrace of a child ...
in the cup of coffee with a friend.
Deliver us from our impatience, O God,
and restore to us the joy of anticipation
this Advent season.
Assurance of God's Grace
We are all God's people, and God will not remember our iniquity forever. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!
Since God has forgiven us in Christ, let us also forgive one another. The peace of Christ be with you.
Please extend the peace of Christ to all whom you encounter today.