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Confession: instead of…

Call to Confession
In all honesty and humility,
let us confess our sins before God
and be freed of the burdens that weigh us down for the journey ahead.

Merciful God,
you call us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.
But often we ignore that wisdom.
Instead of listening, we talk past one another.
Instead of exercising patience, we become hotheaded and irritable.
Instead of practicing kindness, we hand out judgment and malice.
Help us rid ourselves of wickedness and embrace steadfast love in its place.
Forgive us of our sins so that, when we look in the mirror,
we see the disciples you are calling us to be. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon
Friends, our hearts overflow with a goodly theme: instea
a theme of God’s forgiveness.
In the name of Jesus Christ,
I announce to you that our sins are forgiven.
Alleluia! Amen.

Submitted by Stephen M. Fearing, Beaumont Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY

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