Drawing Near to God / Confession

The Bible tells us not to hide our sins from God our heavenly Father, but to confess them with a repentant and obedient heart, so that we may be forgiven through his boundless goodness and mercy.

We ought to admit our sins to God at all times, and especially when we come together like this, to give thanks for the benefits we have received from him, to offer the praise that is due to him, to hear his holy word, and to ask him to supply whatever we need.

So let us approach the throne of our gracious God, with a true heart in full assurance of faith, and pray together,

Merciful Father,
we have strayed from your ways like lost sheep.
We have followed too much the schemes and desires of our own hearts,
and have broken your holy laws.
We have left undone what we ought to have done, and we have done what we ought not to have done. Yet, good Lord, have mercy on us;
restore those who repent,
according to the promises declared to us through your Son, Jesus Christ.
Grant, merciful Father, for his sake, that from now on,
we may live godly and obedient lives, to the glory of your holy name. Amen

God desires that no one should perish, but that all should turn to Christ and live. We confess our sins in response to his call. God pardons those who humbly repent and truly believe the gospel. Therefore, we have peace with God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God and loving Father,
we rejoice that you pardon and forgive
those who truly repent and sincerely believe your holy gospel. Grant us true repentance and your Holy Spirit,
that we may live godly, righteous and holy lives, and finally come to your eternal glory,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From the Book of Common Prayer


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