Call to Confession
Repent therefore, and turn around, that your sins may be blotted out ... (Acts 3:19) Let us confess our sin together, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession, Easter 5C
It is us, God.
We are the ones who claim to love you,
but refuse to show love
to our neighbor.
We are the ones who witness
our siblings in Christ
reaching out to the stranger in our midst
as Christ taught us by example
and condemn them.
We are the ones who claim the significance
of freedom of religion --
but only if it is the kind of religion
we have ordained as right
for we refuse to acknowledge that any other
could co-exist alongside our own.
Forgive us, we pray.
By the power of the Spirit within us,
guide our turning away from
toward humility and unconditional love
as exhibited in your Son, our Lord,
that the kingdom you have promised
might truly become reality in the world you created
Assurance of God's Grace
Your people shall all be righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I might be glorified. (Isaiah 60:21) In the name of Jesus Christ, we have been made righteous, our sins forgiven to God's glory. 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.