Lord from the depths I call to you; Lord, hear me from on high, And give attention to my voice when I for mercy cry.
READING OF THE BEATITUDES (MATTHEW 5)
CONFESSION OF SIN
“Merciful God and our Father in heaven, we thank for your grace in the gospel and the new life which you have given to us through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. But we confess that our lives are often a poor reflection of all that He describes in the sermon on the mount. Instead of mourning over sin, we have been casual and complacent about it. Instead of hungering and thirsting for righteousness, we have preferred to chase after that which brings instant gratification. Whereas we are called to be pure in heart, we have allowed ourselves to be drawn towards that which is impure. Please have mercy upon us and forgive our many sins. Cleanse our hearts, we pray, and sanctify us in your truth – that we might be renewed in our faith, know the joy of our salvation and represent you well in the coming days. For we ask it all in Christ’s name, Amen."
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
SCRIPTURE READING Isaiah 26
PSALM 23 (PSALTER)
The LORD’s my shepherd, I’ll not want. He makes me down to lie. In pastures green: he leadeth me the quiet waters by.