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confession: naming our sin

Naming Our Sin (following the hymn “Source and Sovereign, Rock and Cloud” described in the Glory to Godsampler this way: “These scriptural names and images of the Triune God express a theological view reinforced by the structure: the stanzas deal, in turn, with each Person of the Trinity and the refrain affirms their unity. The swirling patterns of the Welsh tune add much energy to the text.”)

L:  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Remembering this promise of God, let us pray together.

P:  Holy God,  Each name for you in scripture and song tells a story of what you have done for us.  We confess that we limit ourselves to a few names, a few stories, and only a few memories.  We confess that we forget all the different ways and times you have shown us mercy and grace.  We confess that we don’t spend enough time remembering your promises which give us comfort in our present struggles and hope for the unknown future.  Forgive us, Gracious One, and help us to remember your faithfulness to your covenant this day and always.  This we pray in the name above all names, Jesus our Lord.  Amen. 

Hearing God’s Forgiveness

L:  When the flood waters covered the earth,

P:  God remembered Noah.

L:  When she grieved for children she didn’t have,

P:  God remembered Rachel.

L:  When the Israelites groaned under the oppression of the Egyptians,

P:  God heard their groaning, and God remembered the covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

L:  When we confess our sins, God hears us and remembers the promise of the gospel:

P:  Our sins are forgiven on account of Christ’s name.

L:  Thanks be to God!  Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Stephanie Boardman Anthony, First Presbyterian Church, Hudson, WI.

CTW: bless the lord…

Call to Worship from Psalms 103 and 77

L:  Bless the Lord, O my soul,

P:  and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name.

L:  I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;

P:  I will remember your wonders of all.

L:  I will meditate on all your work,

P:  and muse on your mighty deeds.

L:  Bless the Lord, O my soul,

P:  and do not forget all God’s benefits.

 

Submitted by Rev. Stephanie Boardman Anthony, First Presbyterian Church, Hudson WI.

Advent 3 confession & assurance

From Rev. Stephanie Anthony, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Hudson, Wisconsin

Confession
God of light and love, We confess our lack of attention to the prophets and messengers you send. We confess that we do not keep our eyes peeled and our ears open to the ways that you are revealing yourself and announcing your message in our lives. We confess that we dismiss those who might be speaking for you who in our minds are not old enough, not educated enough, not refined enough. Open our hearts, our eyes, our ears, and our minds to watch and listen for your Word being proclaimed among us this day and always. Amen.

Words of Assurance: (based on Isaiah 61)
L: Friends, We can rejoice in the Lord! With an everlasting covenant sealed by love and mercy, God has clothed us with salvation. God has covered us with righteousness. The prophets have promised this good news: In Jesus Christ, our coming Lord, we are forgiven!
P: My whole being shall exult in my God. In Jesus Christ we are indeed forgiven. Thanks be to God.