P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
P: The Lord calls us to confess our sins with the promise that He will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The psalmist says, “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:8). We take this time of silence to confess our sin to the Lord.
(A time of silent confession)
P: The psalmist also says, “O God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might. O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth.” We confess together:
C: “O Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you!” (Psalm 41:4)
P: “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:8-12). You are forgiven in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
THE PSALM FOR THE DAY: Psalm 22:1-8
P: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
C: Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
P: O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
C: and by night, but I find no rest.
P: Yet you are holy,
C: enthroned on the praises of Israel.
P: In you our fathers trusted;
C: they trusted, and you delivered them.
P: To you they cried and were rescued;
C: in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
P: But I am a worm and not a man,
C: scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
P: All who see me mock me;
C: they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
P: “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
C: let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
P: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
C: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
PRAYER OF THE DAY:
P: Gracious Lord, give us the sure and certain confidence that You have won the victory over sin and death and give eternal salvation to everyone who believes. Confident in what Jesus has accomplished, give us the determination and courage to live out our faith each day. In Jesus name we pray.