Call to Confession
God said, "In your distress you called, and I rescued you; I answered you in teh secret place of thunder; ... Hear, O my people, while I admonish you; O Israel, if you would but listen to me! ... I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt." (Psalm 81, selected verses) Let us confess our sin before the God who has delivered us.
Prayer of Confession
Forgive us, O God,
for we have forgotten ...
forgotten how you heard our cries for mercy ...
forgotten how you listened to our pleas for deliverance ...
forgotten how you intervened on our behalf.
Forgive us, we pray,
for our whining,
for our impatience,
for our lack of courage
in the face of oppression
and murderous threats
to our people
Strengthen us anew,
that we might stare down injustice
and find creative ways
to accomplish your purpose.
In Jesus' name, we pray.
Declaration of Forgiveness
"Open your mouth wide," God said, "and I will fill it." (Psalm 81:10) The Lord our God who brought us out of slavery has delivered us again in Jesus Christ, in whose name 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 pass the peace of Christ to all whom you encounter this day~