Friday, December 9, 2016

For Sunday

Reading of the Law of God
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. Matthew 7.1-5

Confession of Sin
Our Father, we are very good at noticing the sins of others. We are quick to be critical of them while excusing ourselves. We see their specks and miss our logs. And we get so upset when someone mentions any of our sins. How sad. It must grieve your Spirit greatly when we act this way. Please forgive us and change us for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2.24

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.  
The Book of Common Prayer 

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