A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: Our members engaged in Meal Ministry, preparing delicious and well-balanced meals for others in times of need.
Scripture: Psalm 32
Key Verse: Psalm 32:1 Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Reflection: Every Sunday when we gather to worship, we pray a prayer of confession. God already knows our sin. We cannot hide our failures and our weaknesses from God. We pray the prayer of confession, not to tell God new information, but to acknowledge publicly that we have fallen short. We haven’t lived up to God’s ideal for us. We have not loved God with our whole heart and mind and strength and we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
After that prayer of confession, one of the pastors proclaims a declaration of forgiveness. Again, that isn’t new information. We have probably heard before that God forgives us for our sin. Yet we need to hear it again and again, from different voices and with different words.
We repeat this pattern every week, confessing our sin and hearing the good news of God’s forgiveness. This pattern is at the core of our faith. The Lord is gracious and merciful. Our transgression is forgiven and our sin is covered. Thanks be to God! Worship this Sunday to hear that good news once again.
Prayer: Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive us. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
(prayer adapted from the Book of Common Worship, p. 88, prayer #3)
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].