Looking deep within ourselves, we see that barrenness
that dwells in our souls. Reluctant to trust God, we find
our faith wavering when we have to make difficult
choices. We look for quick fixes and easy solutions,
rather than for God’s answers in our lives. Let us
be honest with ourselves, and with God, as we pray
(prayer of confession)
Assurance of Forgiveness:
L: Listen carefully, dear friends. God does not
reject us, God redeems us. God does not back
out of the relationship created so long ago,
God restores it to its original purpose. God
does not hold back, but pours abundant
forgiveness into our lives.
P: Forgiven, we can follow; filled with hope,
we can empty ourselves for others; restored
to new life, we can live in relationship with
God, with our neighbors and enemies, with
ourselves. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.