Confession and Absolution & Call to Worship for Advent/Christmas

Confession and Absolution

In the name of the Father,
and of the ☩ Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Lord God,
pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
and deliver us from all evil.
Open our eyes to see how we are broken
and do not live in healthy relationship with you
or with our neighbors.
Guide our confession through the Holy Spirit,
that we may return to you
through the redemption we have in Jesus, God-with-us.
Amen.

Returning to our gracious Lord,
let us confess our sins.

Silence for reflection and confession.

Merciful God,
we confess that we do not and cannot live
as you want us to live.
We confess that we regularly participate in wrongdoing

and do not live according to your justice.
We are often proud and self-righteous,

we oppress the lowly and marginalized,
we do not fill the hungry or bind up the brokenhearted,
we do not proclaim liberty to the captives,
and we do not bring good news to the oppressed.
Bring us out of the lion’s den of our sin

and clothe us with the garments of salvation,
won for us through Jesus Christ
our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

Our God is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love;
and out of that love God sent Jesus Christ
to die for us that we may be restored to life.
Therefore, as Isaiah proclaimed,
as Mary and Elizabeth proclaimed,
as Simeon and Anna proclaimed,
so too, can we proclaim to one another now:
God redeems you and restores you,
God loves you and forgives you,
God sees you and claims you!
Amen.

 

Call to Worship

 

We worship the God of the prophets, of Isaiah, of Daniel, or Joel:
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God.

We worship the God of the least and lowly:
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

We worship the God of the heavens and join with the heavenly host:
Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace, goodwill among people!

We worship Emmanuel, God-with-us:
My eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.

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