Holy Father, forgive us.  Though you should guide us, we inform ourselves.  Though you should rule us, we control ourselves.  Though you should fulfill us, we console ourselves.  For we think your truth too high, your will too hard, your power to remote, your love too free.  But they are not!  And without them, we are of all people most miserable.  Heal our confused mind with your word, heal our divided will with your law, heal our troubled conscience with your love, heal our anxious hearts with your presence, all for the sake of your Son, who loved us and gave himself for us.  Amen.

Assurance of Pardon:

He will again have compassion on us;  He will tread our iniquities underfoot.  You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.  Micah 7:19