Call to Confession
Let the Lord's ears be attentive to the voice of our pleas for mercy! If the Lord should mark iniquities, who could stand? (Psalm 130:1-3, pp) Let us confess our sin before God and see God's forgiveness.
Prayer of Confession, Easter 3C
It is us.
We are the persecutors.
We are the ones who stand and accuse,
sometimes from behind our computer screens,
sometimes from behind cloak of anonymity,
very rarely face to face,
because very rarely are our accusations
Still they debilitate
Forgive us, we pray.
Open our eyes to the way called "Straight,"
to the paths of righteousness,
Teach us to love
as we have been loved
and to grant a second chance
to those with whom we disagree,
so that we might more clearly see
what you have brought us together to teach one another
in your name.
Assurance of God's Grace
We waited patiently for the Lord; the Lord inclined to us and heard our cries. The Lord drew us up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set our feet upon a rock, making our steps secure. (Psalm 40:1-2, pp) In the name of the risen Lord, 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.