we take this time today to come before you,
but as we do, we are aware that all is not right within us.
We neglect your word,
we fail to meditate on your law,
we forget to speak with you,
we make plans without turning to you,
we do things that we know are wrong.
We did not put you first in our lives.
Forgive how we have failed to love you
with all our heart, our soul, our mind, and our strength.
our relationships with each other are not all that they can be or should be.
There is hurt and injury between ourselves and others.
There are walls of anger and hatred between us and our neighbors.
Forgive us for how we deny our part in this
and for how we blame others for the brokenness around us.
Forgive how we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
we believe that you offer to us and our world a whole and good life.
For all that we have done to deny this life to each other and to ourselves,
we ask your forgiveness and your mercy.
Words of Assurance
(based on Psalm 103: 11-14)
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
as you choose again this day to love God and to love one another
know that God has forgiven you that which is past
and offers to you a new and full life.
Praise be to the name of God, now forever. Amen.
Hear the good news concerning the love and forgiveness of God:
“As far as the east is from the west,
so far does God remove our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.”
~ from the website of the Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church , Richmond, VA http://www.tuckahoepres.org/