Prayer of Adoration
Eternal God, holy and faithful,
what can we give in return for our life?
Teach us to take up the cross of Christ
with grateful hearts and humble spirits,
offering all for the sake of the gospel,
so that we may receive life in fullness;
through Christ, who is coming in glory.
– by DAVID GAMBRELL
Call to Confession
Our Lord calls us to deny ourselves,
to take up our cross and follow him.
The denial we are good at
is denial of our own culpability
for our self-interested actions and in-actions.
But we are here, now, to end that denial by confession:
we acknowledge our sinful condition,
and rely on God’s mercy and Grace.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear the Good News:
Jesus Christ came to bear the cross for,
embracing our human condition,
redeeming us from its curse.
He died for us,
he rose for us,
he reigns in power for us,
he prays for us.
Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation.
Believe the good news:
in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Prayer for Illumination
The worse things get in our world,
the more we need to hear your voice, O Lord.
Speak to us directly, deeply, and powerfully by your Holy Spirit,
as we read your word
and as the message is proclaimed,
that we may learn what it means to follow you
as disciples of Jesus Christ.