Call to Confession
We have turned back from following the Lord. We have not sought the Lord, nor have we inquired of him. Our sin is ever before us. Let us confess our sin before the Lord our God, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession, OT31B
Forgive our bitter rhetoric, Lord.
Forgive our fearful cries.
Do not turn away from us
though we shout, and we despise.
Forgive the times we walked away
when friends needed loving care.
Forgive our lack of courage
when invited, but did not dare.
Do not disown your people,
though our actions betray your name,
but transform our hearts and souls
that we might recognize your claim.
By your Spirit, lead us forward
into neighborhoods unknown
where we might meet our neighbor
and share the love we're shown.
Assurance of God's Grace
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people. (Luke 1:68) 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.