So often we rely on our own understanding, our own faithfulness, our own desire. But if we believe that to be enough, we deceive only ourselves. Before God, and with the people of God, let us confess our need for forgiveness and guidance. Let us pray.
(Prayer of Confession)
Even in the midst of our imperfection, God can be seen, and in the midst of our repentance, God’s new life takes root. Friends, believe and live the good news: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God! Amen.