Call to Confession
God is making God's appeal to us, imploring us to be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20, pp) Let us, then, confess our sin before God, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession
Our spirits long to know God more intimately,
to hear God's voice,
to feel God's nearness,
yet we do not take the time
to stop and listen,
to pay attention to God's presence,
to respond to God's call to come away with God.
Our bodies cry out in desperation,
cold and lonely and spiritually deprived.
We have forgotten what it feels like
to dance in the joy of new life.
We have forgotten how it feels
to know we are unconditionally loved.
Hear our prayers, O God,
and wrap us in your warm embrace,
melting the protective shields encasing our hearts,
and opening our ears to your invitation
to love and be loved.
Assurance of God's Grace
Listen! (says the Lord), I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. (Rev. 3:20) 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 everyone you encounter today.
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