Call to Confession
All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Let us confess our sin before God, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession
Regarding your greatness,
we have remained silent, O God.
Regarding your wonders,
we have held our tongues.
We have reflected neither your righteousness
nor your glory
to the nations.
No, God. Instead we have called people
rapists and murders
who are not.
We have called whole countries words
that should not be repeated.
Forgive our faulty generalizations.
Forgive our failure to love our neighbor
and even our enemy.
Forgive our choice not to love
as we have have been loved ...
as unlovable as we have proven ourselves to be.
Renew in us a spirit of joy in your love
that inspires us to love the other,
to welcome the stranger,
to learn from our neighbor,
that our world may reflect your righteousness
and your people sing the glory of your name.
Assurance of God's Grace
God has promised that when we confess our sin before God, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sin, removing it as far as the east is from the west, and remembering it no more. 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~