Call to Confession
In our stubbornness, we refused to listen to God's voice or to submit to God's ways, following our own counsel instead. Look where it has gotten us. Let us confess our sin before God and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession, OT19B
Day after day, go into battle.
Sometimes, we fight wars for peace and justice,
but often the conflicts in which we engage
are motivated by greed.
We know these by the conditions we set
for the troops:
"Do not tell,"
"Be careful that so and so doesn't get hurt,"
"Protect (this) above (that)."
Tragically, the choices we make
result in loss of life
or of quality of life,
or of hope,
or of wholeness
We do not deserve the mercy we seek,
yet in the name of Christ,
we may approach the throne of God boldly
and claim the forgiveness granted in Christ's sacrifice.
Therefore, we ask for that which we do not deserve.
Transform our greedy hearts, we pray,
and lead us into humility
Assurance of God's Grace
And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. (Luke 18:7-8) In the name of Jesus Christ, justice has been served in the name of unconditional love. Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift!
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.