Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Each week when we kneel and confess our sins we are confessing our sins as a redeemed people. The Gospel is given to us as a sure sign that no longer do we depend on burnt offerings to alleviate our guilty consciences; rather we trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ. He alone can cleanse and renew us. He is the alpha of forgiveness and the omega of forgiveness. Only in Christ can we answer with vigor and strength: “Thanks be to God. Our sins are forgiven in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
Prayer: Our great ruler and King, Jesus Christ, we confess that our hearts need to be renewed by your covenant mercies, so we pray that you would call us into your presence, so the gospel would come forth into our midst for the praise of your glorious grace. Amen.