*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Gracious and Loving God, we spend so much of our lives in the darkness, not daring to step into your light. But in your light is life, and in the darkness, only death. Teach us to turn back to the light of your love. Amen.
*WORDS OF ASSURANCE
One: God shows us the light in Jesus Christ so, that we may have life and have it abundantly.
ALL: God blesses us, even in seasons of darkness. We remember
the promises of God’s love. Our despair turns to hope and our sorrow into joy.
Submitted by Rev. Elsa Peters, First Congregational Church, South Portland, ME