Prayer of Confession
Living Lord, Loving God of this Easter Season—we confess that we have already forgotten the Resurrection. We are already back to our old ways, clinging to consuming, scrambling to be “good enough” and trying to do too much. We have fallen back into the trap of thinking that we are gods, that the welfare of the world and of our lives depends only on us. We have already taken more than we should —forgetting that you want to first carry our lives and our loads. How quickly O Lord have we forgotten you, just one week since Easter. How quickly have we made ourselves back into gods. Help us to realign our lives and our faith, once again. We pray these things in the name of Jesus—our Friend, always offering us a fresh start and forgiveness. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon (adapted from I John, 2 in The Message)
“But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of God the Creator: Jesus Christ, righteous Jesus. When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s.” Remember these ancient words, remember God’s Love for you, that is beyond all understanding. Remember that you are forgiven, and do not forget your God. Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church, North Plainfield NJ.