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Confession and Forgiveness
Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, who is present, who gives life, who calls into existence the things that do not exist. Amen.
If you were to keep watch over sins, O Lord, who could stand? Yet with you is forgiveness and so we confess.
Gracious God, have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned away from you, knowingly and unknowingly. We have wandered from your resurrection life. We have strayed from your love for all people. Turn us back to you, O God. Give us new hearts and right spirits, that we may find what is pleasing to you and dwell in your house forever. Amen
(Silence for reflection.)
Receive good news: God turns to you in love. “I will put my spirit in you, and you shall live,” says our God. All your sin is forgiven in the name of + Jesus Christ, who is the free and abounding gift of God’s grace for you. Amen
Kyrie (ELW, Setting 8)
Prayer of The Day
Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
First Lesson – 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm – Psalm 23
Second Lesson – Ephesians 5:8-14
Gospel – John 9:1-41
P: The gospel of the Lord (or Word of God, Word of life)
C: Praise to you, O Christ.
Hymn Of The Day – “Lead Me, Guide Me” #768 v. 1-2
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
P: Hear us, O God. C: Your mercy is great.
Sharing of the Peace
Text: Doris Akers, 1922-1995. Music: Doris Akers. Text and music © 1953 Doris Akers, admin. Unichappell Musicm Inc. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.
Holy and generous host, you set a table where we feast as friends. Prepare us to witness to your goodness with every gift you have given us to share, that all people may know your peace through Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen.
Thanksgiving for the Word
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Sending Hymn – “Amazing Grace” #779
P: Go in peace. Share the good news.
C: Thanks be to God