Call to Confession
In the day of our trouble we seek the Lord; in the night our hands are stretched out without wearying; our souls refuse to be comforted. When we remember God, we moan; when we meditate, our spirits faint. Ps. 22:2-3 Let us confess our sins before God and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession, OT28B
We seek the Lord
while the Lord may be found;
we call upon the Lord while the Lord is near;
we are wicked, and we forsake your ways,
we unrighteous focus on our own thoughts,
our own plans,
our own ways,
for we are certain we are right.
Return us to you, and have compassion on us,
O God, we pray, and in your mercy, abundantly pardon.
Though our iniquities testify against us,
act, O Lord, for your name's sake;
for our backslidings are many;
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbor
in the name of righteousness.
Move your Spirit in and among us
individually, and collectively,
healing our divisiveness
and reconciling us,
one to another,
and to you.
Assurance of God's Grace
In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19) 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.