Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 6:15 a.m. GATHERING
Stand The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
p As a community of faith, rooted in the hope of the resurrection to eternal life, we lift our voice in praise and thanksgiving, and so we begin our worship in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. C Amen Kneel/Sit Silence for reflection and self-examination.
p We lift our heads and bow our hearts before the throne of God assured that our heavenly Father listens to our supplications. Let us in confidence lift to almighty God all those things that have kept us away from him: the things we should have done but did not do—the words we should have spoken, but decided to keep silent—the thoughts that were inappropriate and kept us from centering on him, his Word and will. C Almighty gracious and loving God, we are your children. We believe that it was for us and people like us that you sent your Son, Jesus Christ to live our lives and to die on the cross for us. We thank you for all your gifts and means of grace. On our part, we have not done, nor said, nor thought the way you want your children to do, speak and think. For these and for all our shortcomings, we come to you in confidence, believing that you never turn any of your children away. So we ask you to forgive us those sins we intentionally committed and those we committed without even noticing. We seek your forgiveness Lord, and we ask you to lead us in a life of faith and true discipleship. Through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen FORGIVENESS
p Be assured, my friends, that the God of our faith is a loving and forgiving God. You need to worry about your sins no more. God’s love for you surpasses all understanding. I therefore assure you that if you meant what you asked for, God will forgive you all your sins: in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. C Amen
The liturgies used during the North American Lutheran Church's Lutheran Week 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.