CALL TO WORSHIP
We gather today thanking and praising God for our freedom to worship.
We draw near to our Lord, Sovereign Ruler of all nations and all people.
Come, let us bow in allegiance before Almighty God!
PRAYER OF ADORATION
Almighty God, Creator of all, we come before you this morning
immensely grateful for a new day to rejoice in you.
Who are we to question your ways? You are the God of all Ages,
before the world began you were there.
And so, we humbly praise you with
our whole hearts, now and forever! In the Name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us,
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
In humility and faith, let’s confess together:
Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo.
Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear,
and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment.
Set us free from a past that we cannot change;
open to us a future in which we can be changed;
and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image,
through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.
-- Spend a few moments in silent confession –
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.
As far as the East is from the West, so far has God removed our transgressions.
Friends, believe the Good News. In Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven!
Thanks be to God. Amen.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH, The Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 126
What is the fifth petition?
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
That is: be pleased, for the sake of Christ’s blood, not to charge to us, miserable sinners,
our many transgressions, nor the evil which still clings to us.
We also find this witness of thy grace in us,
that it is our sincere intention heartily to forgive our neighbor.
ANTHEM "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace" (click)
Harry Boyd, Gregg Miller, Joel Lillethun