Psalm 51:1-3“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Come, you who are toiling, you who are bound-up; Come, Liberating God, hear our cries for mercy! Come, you who are lost, you who are hopeless; Come, Redeeming Christ, turn us to your light! Come, you who are angry, you who are hurting; Come, Cleansing Spirit, enter in to our hearts! Come, for confession, for forgiveness, for restoration! Come, O Holy One, free us, heal us, bless us!
Psalm 51:10-12“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.”
Prayer of Confession: God of Life, God of Love, in each of our hearts is a locked place, God; Like a forgotten room or a dark cupboard, we would prefer to forget it even exists, but inside it are things that won’t stay hidden. Others would never suspect that we carry such a place. We guard our faces so no evidence appears, and we keep our lips sealed, allowing no escape for the stories of the skeletons in our cupboard. Free us from the power and the prison of the skeletons in our cupboards, Jesus; teach us that mistakes and brokenness and failure are part of creative and bold living. Remind us that what is hidden holds us in bondage and cannot be healed; And lead us. through our shame to confident joy in You. Let us know the touch of your forgiveness and healing and teach us to pass this acceptance on to others, friends, family and strangers who, like us, pretend to be whole while within them, skeletons still dance.(John Van de Laar)
(Time for personal confession)
Assurance & Pardon: God is with you. Look within. Do not be afraid. For God will bring to you healing and hope. The grace and love of God provides grace, love and forgiveness for all, in the love of Jesus you are forgiven. Amen