PRAYER OF ADORATION
Gracious and Loving God, we praise you for being with each one of us this day.
Though physically separated, we give you glory for gathering your people together, spiritually.
Together we lift our hearts in loving devotion and praise,
praying in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
How can the HOLY Spirit work in us and through us
if we have not confessed our sin and self-centeredness?
In humility and faith, let’s confess together:
Almighty God, you poured out your Spirit upon gathered disciples, creating a bold community of faith.
We confess we hold back the power of your Spirit among us.
We are nervous about being bold, open and new.
O Lord, have mercy on us.
Fill us with a burning desire to be your faithful people.
Transform us by the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
- Spend a few moments in silent confession –
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
By the power of the Holy Spirit and the deep love of the Father through our Lord Jesus…
Friends believe the Good News. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God. Amen.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH from the Heidelberg Catechism
What do you believe concerning “the Holy Spirit”?
First, that, with the Father and the Son, the Spirit is equally eternal God;
Second, that God’s Spirit is also given to me,
preparing me through a true faith to share in Christ and all his benefits;
that he comforts me and will abide with me forever.
PASSING THE PEACE
And now, as people who are loved and forgiven by the grace of God,
we pass the peace of Christ, remembering God’s command to love and forgive one another.
The peace of Christ be with you!
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