Confession:
We confess, our Father, that we are more ready to resent than to forgive,
more ready to manipulate than to serve,
more ready to fear than to love,
more ready to keep our distance than to welcome,
more ready to compete than to help.
At the root of this behavior is mistrust.
We do not love one another as we should,
because we do not believe that you love us as you do.
Forgive us of our cold unbelief.
And make more vivid to us the meaning and depth of your love at the cross.
Show us what it cost you to give up your Son
that we might truly live as your sons and daughters.
We ask this in the name of Jesus our righteousness.
Amen.

Assurance of Pardon:

“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,
and I will not remember your sins.”
Isaiah 43:25