Call to Reconciliation
Despite our foolish and angry words, God continues to speak of mercy to us.
Despite our best efforts to be faithless in our living, God remains faithful
in keeping the promise to forgive us and restore us to wholeness. Let us
confess our sins to God, so that God’s hope and grace might endure in our
Unison Prayer of Confession
God beyond borders, we know that on our way to worship, we may not have
noticed the exiles in our neighborhoods. We admit how easy it is for us to
wander down the streets of temptation, pausing at the corner of easy
choices. We fall silent in the presence of those who speak words of anger
and hate. We tolerate a culture that suspects all who are different from us.
Have mercy on us, O God, for surely you take the side of justice. Open
our hearts to all the wonders you are performing in our lives. You gift us
with those of other cultures, that our lives might be blessed. You send us
friends out of places we least expect, that our community might be enriched.
You call us to be generous with our blessings, so others might be graces
with the gift of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Silence is kept
Assurance of Pardon
L: God challenges us, God encourages us. God confronts us, and God accepts
us. God works wonders in our midst and gives us the eyes, the hearts, the
souls to see such miracles.
P: God forgives us, God guides us through the wilderness of the world, God
leads us home. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, Lectionary Liturgies.