Friday, July 31, 2015

For Sunday

Reading of the Law of God
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Matthew 5.7

Confession of Sin
Our Father, we are not by nature a merciful people. When others sin, we are all too quick to judge. When they sin against us, all too often, our thoughts turn to ourselves and how we have been hurt, and not to the sinner in need of mercy. It is so hard for us to overlook the faults of others and reach out to them. But as unmerciful as we are so often toward others, we still expect You to be merciful to us. Forgive us, Father, for Jesus’ sake and make us like You, a God who is full of mercy. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon
Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Isaiah 1.18

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins, and restore us in his image to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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