Our Worship this Day
The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:19 that, “in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them.” Reconciliation with God and forgiveness of sin was accomplished in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are forgiven. Our praying a prayer of confession doesn’t get us any more forgiven. It’s a done deal. But scripture does tell us to confess our sins. We do not do this to be “legally” pardoned by God for those individual sins we confess, for that has already happened in Christ. It is to acknowledge our thoughts and actions in our lives where we have fallen short of God’s glory and to remove the burden and guilt of those sins, to give them over to God. As John tells us in one of his letters, if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to cleanse us. So, let us confess our sins to God.
Prayer of Confession
By the life, death, resurrection and ascension of your Son, you promised us forgiveness of sin and newness of life. But we fail to live as forgiven people. We keep destructive habits and hold grudges. We allow our past to hold us hostage and are reluctant to welcome newness. In your loving-kindness have mercy on us. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ.
Peace of Christ
Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.” We have the peace of Christ within us. Let us share with one another that peace.