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
When God made the covenant with God's people
promising to bring the Israelites out of the land of Egypt,
out of the land of slavery,
God gave God's people guidelines
for living in community
These guidelines describe the ways in which
we are called to love:
to love God
and to love one another.
But we have failed
and continue to fail
to do either.
Loving requires sacrifice, and we do not want
to make sacrifices for another ...
those we know, let alone
those we do not.
Loving requires commitment, and we do not want
to commit ...
commitment requires effort,
and we tend to focus our energy elsewhere.
Forgive us,we pray,
and inspire in us a desire in us
to love as we are loved,
unconditionally, sacrificially, and with our whole
hearts and minds and strength.
Assurance of God's Grace
God has promised that when we confess our sin, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive us our sin, removing it as far as the east is from the west, 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.