Call to Confession
God is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16)
Prayer of Confession, Pentecost C
We wait for you, O God, but we do not wait
We do not wait in
We do not wait
Instead, we wait petulantly,
believing you have abandoned us,
left us to our own devices.
Your Spirit comes,
and we do not recognize it.
In our fear,
we call it something it is not.
We dismiss it as weird.
We do not know what to do.
So we hunker down,
back in our safe circles,
instead of scattering to the four winds
with your great passion burning inside us.
Forgive us, we pray,
and lead us out of our comfort zones
into a world that longs to hear
the Good News of the gospel
in every place,
in every language,
with courage and with boldness
we have never known before.
Assurance of God's Grace
There is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing God's riches on all who call on God. For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:12-13 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 our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Please extend the peace of Christ to all whom you encounter this day~