God's forgiveness and confidence in us

Prayer of Confession (unison)

God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost.
We confess that we have strayed from you and turned aside from your way.
We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure when we are stained and we see ourselves great when we are small.
We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored your truth.
Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin.
Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Assurance of Pardon (unison)

O Christ, in every creature you place first and forever a word: God's forgiveness and your confidence in us. Then you ask us to walk in your footsteps, offering the energy to begin anew and reminding us that you have forgiven us even before we ask for forgiveness.