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Prayer of Confession: (spoken by all)
We confess that we have sacrificed Your goodness for material goods.  We have meditated on our problems instead of meditating on Your promises.  We have shunned Your faithful love by seeking solace in sinful places.  We humbly seek Your mercy, O Lord.  Please forgive our rebellion and ignorance, our wayward hearts and loose tongues.  Restore us, O Lord, to the joy of Your salvation and make us willing to obey You.

Assurance of Pardon:                                                  from Psalm 32
People of God, please listen: God holds out His hand of mercy and blesses us by saying, “You told me your sins, without trying to hide them, and now I forgive you.”  Our sins are forgiven, He takes away our guilt.  In Jesus Christ you are forgiven and free. Amen.
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Confession:
(spoken by all)
Oh Lord of all creation, we confess that we have overlooked your goodness and beauty.  Your great glory surrounds us, yet we contribute to all that is not right with the world.  Forgetful of You, we see only ourselves.  Forgetful of Your promises, we seek to secure our own way.  Always complaining and never praising, we choose to distance ourselves from You and one another. Please forgive our waywardness, our selfishness and our fear.  Have mercy, O Lord.  Have mercy.  (time of silent prayer)

Assurance of Pardon:                                                                (inspired by Micah 7:18-20)
To those who turn from sin and seek Jesus Christ there is no god like our God, for He promises to pardon sin and forgive transgression. He treads our sins underfoot and hurls all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.  He is faithful, loving and true to His promises.  Take heart, in Jesus Christ your sins are forgiven.  Amen.
 


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