PRAYER OF ADORATION
Creator God, we offer our grateful praise for the beauty of the earth revealing Your glory.
Your sovereign hand is upon each changing season in nature, as well as each changing season of our lives.
We offer our grateful praise, praying in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
God is forever faithful and promises to forgive and forget every sin when we humbly repent.
In humility and faith, let’s confess together:
Merciful God; forgive us for our failure to fully trust you in times of trouble.
Forgive us for seeking comfort in all the wrong places.
Forgive us for failing to know and believe your Eternal plan for this broken world and your broken people.
Forgive us and restore us, O Lord. Stir in us a deep compassion for others, as you have shown to us,
through the power of Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
- Spend a few moments in silent confession -
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
The mercy of the Lord is new every morning. Great is God’s faithfulness!
Friends believe the Good News. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven! Thanks be to God. Amen.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 1
What is your only comfort, in life and in death?
That I belong – body and soul, in life and in death – not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ,
who at the cost of his own blood has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me
from the dominion of the devil; that he protects me so well that without the will of the Father in heaven
not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that everything must fit his purpose for my salvation.
Therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life,
and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
PASSING THE PEACE
God will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in the Lord.
The peace of Christ be with you!
SPECIAL MUSIC “Be Thou My Vision”
Sarah Cifani, flute & Diane Combs, piano. (click on image to view)