Thursday, December 22, 2016

For Sunday

Reading of the Law of God
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7.13-14

Confession of Sin
Our Father, forgive us when we complain about the difficulties of living as faithful disciples in this fallen world. Our Lord Jesus told us that the way to life would be hard. Forgive us and convince our hearts that the difficulties are more than worth it since this is the way by which we will gain eternal life. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon
Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:10

Almighty God, who in Jesus Christ has given us a kingdom that cannot be destroyed, forgive us our sins, open our eyes to God's truth, strengthen us to do God's will and give us the joy of his kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
The Book of Common Prayer

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