Call to Confession
Take a river rock and hold it in your hand, or imagine it. Feel how smooth it is as a result of the water running over it and softening its edges. We come to the water this day figuratively but also theologically, remembering the waters of baptism that have softened our edges, and we seek God's cleansing mercies. Let us confess our sin together.
Prayer of Confession
Here we are, God,
standing on the edge of the Promised Land
and we are anxious
How will we survive in this new place?
What deals do we need to make with the neighbors?
What right do we have to this covenant?
How can we possibly overcome this fear?
What if we just stay where we are?
What if we play it safe?
Do you hear us, God?
We are afraid.
Forgive us, O God,
and grant us courage
to follow where you lead.
Assurance of God's Grace
Oh, thank God! God is so good! God's love never runs out. In the name of Jesus Christ we are forgiven! All you set free by God, tell the world! (Ps. 107:1-2)
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 ...