Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer P. 352)
It is not my purpose to convince you to be for or against a fixed liturgy in church, or to be any certain denomination over another. But, as we celebrate Sunday many people have gotten into the mindset that they can just watch church on TV. They don’t need to be around other believers etc.
One of the many problems with that is your pastor prepared a message from the Bible, but had you and your congregation in mind and in prayer while preparing it.
There is something about the mixture of worship music, prayers and preaching/teaching, that causes someone to reflect. In an Anglican setting you will see the above prayer. It is after the preaching and before communion. Since the Bible talks about your heart being prepared for communion and not partaking of it in an unworthily manner, between preaching and communion is the perfect place.
In a more mainstream protestant / evangelical type of church, the preaching and singing will take up more time, but at the end of the preaching usually there is a time to repent.
The Word of God confronts us. Hebrews 4:13 describes us as being naked before it. The Word of God preached right will tear a hole right in you. That is why we need rhythms of repentance in our life. Sunday morning is one of those days. We need to make it part of our daily devotional life too. Maybe the above prayer.
This prayer by the way is based on The Great Commandment. If you do that perfectly there is nothing to repent about.
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 22:36-40).”
So be in church today and allow yourself to be confronted with God’s Word.
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