Call to Confession
God made streams come out of the rock,
and caused waters to flow down like rivers.
Yet they sinned still more against God,
rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
They tested God in their heart
by demanding the food they craved.
They spoke against God, saying,
“Can God spread a table in the wilderness?
Even though he struck the rock so that water gushed out
and torrents overflowed,
can he also give bread,
or provide meat for his people?” Psalm 78:16-20
Let us confess the ways in which we have sinned against our God and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession, Lent 5C
Here we sit, Lord,
wallowing in our history,
nursing our pain.
We refuse to open our eyes,
to look beyond our tunnel vision,
to accept our shortsightedness
is keeping us from seeing
the new thing you are doing
in our midst.
Where we see impossibilities,
you see infinite possibilities.
Where we see hopelessness,
you see hope.
Forgive us, we pray, and
enlarge our vision,
that we might become integral parts
of the kingdom work
you are doing on earth,
and we won't forget to praise you
with every living creature.
Assurance of God's Grace
2Corinthians 5:17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 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.