Friday, September 11, 2015

For Sunday

Reading of the Law of God
You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5.43-48

Confession of Sin
Our Father, once again Your Law points out our sin. We find it easy to love those who love us back. But Your Law requires more. It requires us to love those who do not love us back but rather want to harm us. We find that so hard to do. But that is no excuse. Our failure to do this is sin. And so, we ask again for the forgiveness that Jesus provided for us by His life and death. We also ask that Your Spirit might do His powerful work in our lives so that we might love as You love. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1.29

May the God of love bring us back to himself, forgive us our sins, and assure us of his eternal love in Jesus Christ our Lord.

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