Prayer of Adoration
Almighty and merciful God,
From the wilderness of temptation
we call out to you.
Open the heavens
and send your Holy Spirit upon us
in new and powerful ways,
that we may respond to your call to repent,
and with joy,
believe the good news of the Kingdom
of your beloved son,
the Lord Jesus Christ
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever, Amen.
Invitation to Confession
Our Lord Jesus knows what it means
to be alone,
to suffer deprivation, and intense temptation;
he has been tempted
in every way that we are tempted;
he understands our weaknesses full well,
but he calls us to repent,
and live lives congruent
with the kingdom of God.
Certain that he will understand
and forgive us,
let us come now with repentant hearts,
confessing our sins.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear the Good News:
the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
God’s will is not to destroy us,
but to rescue us
from the damage and pain of evil,
and to fill us with the joy of life
in his presence,
and in communion
with our sisters and brothers,
So believe the Good News of the Gospel,
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Prayer for Illumination
here we are in your presence,
wanting to be your disciples,
needing to hear your word.
Send your Holy Spirit upon us
that we may hear you speaking to us
in a personal and compelling way,
through Jesus Christ, Amen.