Friday, December 29, 2017

For Sunday

Reading of the Law of God
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5.10

Confession of Sin
Our Father, we don’t like the idea of persecution. We shrink from the thought of having to face the pain that it brings. And yet, our lives are Yours to do with as You wish. Forgive us when concerns for our comfort become more important to us than serving You wholeheartedly. Give us hearts that are ready to endure the hardships of persecution, if that is Your will. Help us to be like our faithful Savior, Jesus. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2.1-2

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
The Book of Common Prayer