Call to Confession
Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. God will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when God hears it, God will answer you. (Is. 30:19) Let us confess our sin before God.
Prayer of Confession
hardness of heart
shroud our understanding,
alienating us from the life of God.
We are ruthless in our judgment,
excluding those who do not
look like us, who do not
think like us, who do not
dream like us, who do not
fight like us
for our kind of justice.
We come to the table, but
we do not come to share the feast;
we come to claim it,
to hoard the leftovers.
Our celebration is only
for those we deem worthy.
Forgive us, God,
are not worthy.
Assurance of God's Grace
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Is. 35:10)
In the name of the risen 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.