THE INVOCATION AND OPENING VERSES
P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
THE CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C: But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
P: Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
C: Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
P: Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
THE PSALM OF THE DAY….……Psalm 15
P: O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
C: Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
P: He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
C: and speaks truth in his heart;
P: who does not slander with his tongue
C: and does no evil to his neighbor,
P: nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
C: in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
P: but who honors those who fear the Lord;
C: who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
P: who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
C: He who does these things shall never be moved.
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.