Sunday, September 09, 2012

Confession and Forgiveness

Following is part of the most humbling yet meaningful parts of our church service.

Confession and Forgiveness

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, 
all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: 
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts 
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, 
that we may perfectly love you and 
worthily magnify your holy name, through 
Jesus Christ our Lord....

Most merciful God,
We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves.  We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, 
by what we have done and 
by what we have left undone.  
We have not loved you with our whole heart; 
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  
For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.  Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, 
so that we may delight in your will 
and walk in your ways, 
to the glory of your holy name.  Amen.

 In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was 
given to die for us, and for his sake 
God forgives us all our sins.  

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