P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
P: Lord, through the gift of faith You promise us abundant life.
C: We confess that we often look to the things of the world to bring joy.
P: Lord, You so richly provide all we need for spiritual and bodily living.
C: We confess that we have been less than thankful.
P: Lord, You are so generous with Your love, and You call us to love one another.
C: We confess that we have been less than generous.
P: Lord, You are always faithful to us.
C: We confess that our faithfulness to You wavers.
P: Lord, hear us as we cry out to You from our hearts, humbly bringing our sin to You, and longing for forgiveness.
(A time of silence for personal reflection and prayers of confession)
P: O Lord, hear our prayer and have mercy on us.
C: Forgive our sin. Strengthen our faith. Give us a heart to serve You. Amen.
P: “In Christ Jesus we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7). Because of the generous grace of God, you are set free through faith for meaningful living. Go, thankful and forgiven in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
THE PSALM OF THE DAY…………………………...Psalm 31:19-21
P:Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
C: which you have stored up for those who fear you
P: and worked for those who take refuge in you,
C: in the sight of the children of mankind!
P: In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men;
C: you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
P: Blessed be the Lord,
C: for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
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.
THE HYMN OF PRAISE
Gracious God, You Send Great Blessings…………………LSB 782
1 Gracious God, You send great blessings
New each morning all our days.
For Your mercies never ending,
For Your love we offer praise.
Lord, we pray that we, Your people
Who Your gifts unnumbered claim,
Through the sharing of Your blessings
May bring glory to Your name.
Text: © 2004 Gregory J. Wismar. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110005548