PRAYER OF CONFESSION/ASSURANCE OF PARDON
God, there are times when we lose our way on the journey of life.
Days when we simply get confused which way we should go and make a poor choice.
God there are times when we intentionally leave the Way you would have us follow.
Days when we turn our back on the wisdom you offer. Days when we demand our entitlement and use it for our own selfish pleasures and purposes.
God, there are times when find ourselves hiding in a corner somewhere.
Days when we are convinced that we are not worth finding. Days when we wonder why you would look for us.
God, for all the times we get lost, when we take the wrong turn in life…
Forgive us and draw us back to The Way…
…time of silent prayer…
The Psalmist writes “Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven”. The Gospel reminds us that God is always happy to find the lost, that God is always welcoming us back home with open arms. We are forgiven and loved.
Thanks be to God! Amen
COMMISSIONING AND BENEDICTION
We who are sometimes lost have been found.
And so the party of life continues.
We go out as people whom God has welcomed with open arms.
We go out to welcome others with open arms as we share God’s words of love and acceptance and hope.
And where ever our journey takes us, when we are sure of the way and when we have gotten lost, we take strength from knowing that we are NOT alone. We live in God’s world and God is with us.
Thanks be to God. Amen