CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, abounding in steadfast love toward us,
healing the sick and raising the dead, showering us with every good gift. Amen.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Silence is kept for reflection.
Just and gracious God,
we come to you for healing and life.
Our sins hurt others and diminish us; we confess them to you.
Our lives bear the scars of sin; we bring these also to you.
Show us your mercy, O God. Bind up our wounds, forgive us our sins, and free us to love,
for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
The apostle Paul assures us:
"When we were dead in our trespasses, God made us alive together with Christ,
nailing the record of our sins to the cross."
Jesus says to you, + "Your sins are forgiven."
Be at peace, and tell everyone how much God has done for you. Amen.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Let us pray. Almighty and ever-living God, you are always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and you gladly give more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us your abundant mercy. Forgive us those things that weigh on our conscience, and give us those good things that come only through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
EPISTLE: Colossians 2:6-19
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. 9For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ; when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.
Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink or of observing festivals, new moons, or sabbaths. These are only a shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Do not let anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, dwelling on visions, puffed up without cause by a human way of thinking, and not holding fast to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God.
Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL SONG “Hear Us When We Pray”