Friday, October 5, 2018

For Sunday

Reading of the Law of God
But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 2 Peter 3.13-14

Confession of Sin
Our Father, we thank You for the great promise of the coming new heavens and new earth where life will be so very different and so much better. We hear Your command for us to prepare for its coming by diligently pursuing purity and peace. We regret that our zeal for these things is not what it should be. We confess that we are satisfied with a level of piety that doesn’t satisfy You. Forgive us our sin. Grant grace so that this would be a priority for us so that we, Your children, might please You, our Father. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon
Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, “‘Return, faithless Israel, declares the LORD. I will not look on you in anger, for I am merciful, declares the LORD; I will not be angry forever. Jeremiah 3:12

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