Friday, October 7, 2016

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
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Isaiah 55.6-7

God, the Father of mercies, has reconciled the world to himself through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ, not counting our trespasses against us, but sending his Holy Spirit to shed abroad his love among us. By the ministry of reconciliation entrusted by Christ to his Church, receive his pardon and peace to stand before him in his strength alone, this day and evermore. 

The Book of Common Prayer

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