Forgiveness - Ways to Practice - Worship

So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to
our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin;
do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.
Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling
and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.


— Ephesians 4:25-32


Prayer of Confession
My knees hurt, Lord,
because I kneel so long,
hardly daring to lift my eyes to you.

I am never enough;
out of wisdom,
out of faith,
out of you,
out of tears.

I feel like lowlife with a pride to shame all pride,
scared to be broken by you,
and broken without you.

I am neither hot nor cold,
fit to be spit
out of your mouth.

I who am too wrung and willful,
I who am wrought iron,
willow me.

Spirit,
intercede for me, for I am
out of words.

Assurance of Pardon
(inspired by Hosea 11:4)

And God said to all the contrite hearts,
" I will lead you with cords of human kindness,
with bands of love.
I will be to you like those who lift infants to their cheeks.
I will bend down
and feed you."
If this is not love, then who is this tender God?
If this is not forgiveness, then whose cheek is brushing your tears?

- Lani Wright
Cottage Grove, Oregon


Hymns
And is the Gospel Peace and Love
" And is the gospel peace and love! Such let our conversation be..."
Text: Anne Steele

Forgive Our Sins
" Forgive our sins as we forgive,- you taught us, Lord, to pray..."
Text: Rosmond E. Herklots
Text copyright (c) 1969 Oxford University Press, London


This Is a Day of New Beginnings
" This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on..."
Text: Brian Wren
Text copyright (c) 1982 Hope Publishing Co.


Where Charity and Love Prevail
" Where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found..."
Text: anonymous, tr. Omer Westendorf
Translation copyright (c) 1961 World Library Publications, Inc.




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