Call to Confession
I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. (Jeremiah 32:40) Let us confess our sin before God and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession, CKS, Year B
Rock of Israel,
we have failed you,
have failed to serve you
according to your everlasting covenant.
Our leaders do not lead with love
but with greed,
in many cases,
they neither govern fairly
and we not only allow them to represent us,
we elected them.
Perhaps it is because our greed
is greater than our desire to serve you.
We do not love our neighbor as ourselves,
or, if we do, we do not love ourselves.
We stuff ourselves before we feed the hungry.
We busy ourselves to the point of never having time
to sit with the lonely
or comfort the grieving
or show grace to the imprisoned
or bring healing to the sick.
We refuse to welcome the stranger
or to show hospitality
even to our friends and neighbors
if they do not look like us.
Forgive us, we pray.
We give thanks for your steadfast love for us
in spite of our failure to live
as you have called us to live in your kingdom.
Forgive our waywardness, we pray,
and restore in us a spirit of peace
according to your graciousness.
In the name of Christ, we pray.
Assurance of God's Grace
God said, "But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall." (Malachi 4:2) 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 this day and in the days to come.