Father in heaven, we thank you for the freedom you have given us through the life, death and resurrection of your Son.  But we confess today that we often live like slaves.  Instead of living like you delight in us, we avoid you in shame and guilt.  Instead of receiving your favor as a gift, we try to earn it with our efforts.  Instead of accepting your freedom, we prefer our chains.  Instead of pursuing your purposes, we cling to our short-sighted agendas.  Forgive us.  Embrace us.  Cleanse us.  Heal us.  We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon:

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands.  This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

— Colossians 2:13-14