P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
WE CONFESS OUR SIN AND RECEIVE GOD’S FORGIVENESS:
P: Almighty God, we confess our many sins in doing those things You have forbidden, and not doing what You have commanded. You have called us into a living faith—one that shares all the blessings received. Lord, we have not always shared the hope you place in our hearts and in our homes. Forgive our blindness to Your vision for mission, our deafness to Your call to go, our failure to run with a sense of urgency.
C: Cleanse us with Your full and free forgiveness and challenge us by Your Spirit’s call to run a new path with clear vision for Your saving mission, for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
P: Almighty God has had mercy on us and has given His Son to die for us, and for His sake has forgiven us all our sins. Power to become the children of God is given to all who believe in the name of Jesus Christ and they receive the promise of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is sure and certain, that whoever believes and is baptized shall be saved.
PSALM OF THE DAY………………………………...Psalm 127
P: Unless the Lord builds the house,
C: those who build it labor in vain.
P: Unless the Lord watches over the city,
C: the watchman stays awake in vain.
P: It is in vain that you rise up early
C: and go late to rest,
P: eating the bread of anxious toil;
C: for he gives to his beloved sleep.
P: Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
C: the fruit of the womb a reward.
P: Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
C: are the children of one's youth.
P: Blessed is the man
C who fills his quiver with them!
P: He shall not be put to shame
C: when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
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: Lord Jesus, You called Your followers to love one another. Give to us Your Holy Spirit that we may embrace each other with Your love and encourage each other to live the faith as a witness to the world. We pray this in Your holy name.