Enter by the Narrow Gate
Call to Worship
May God be gracious to us and bless us;
may he make his face shine upon us
so that your way may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, God;
let all the peoples praise you.
Let the nations rejoice and shout for joy,
for you judge the peoples with fairness
and lead the nations on earth.
Confession of Sin
Father of mercy, our sins are always right in our faces.
Today, break us for the sins of pride and self-righteousness,
which are so often the wellsprings of our sin and rebellion.
You have taught us wisdom and shown us the paths that lead to life
Yet in our sin, we too often trust wisdom that is bought and sold
Create a clean heart in us, O God.
Renew a right spirit in us.
Though you are always faithful to your covenant and your love is steadfast
We feel that you are distant when are failures seem so large
Restore to us the joy of your salvation
And settle our hearts in the knowledge that You love us despite our worst sins
Remind us that you called us to yourself even when we were your enemies
Based on Psalm 51
Assurance of Pardon
My only comfort in life and death is that I am not my own,
but belong -body and soul,
in life and in death-
to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins
with his precious blood, and has set me free
from all the power of the devil.
He also watches over me in such a way
that not a hair can fall from my head
without the will of my heavenly Father;
indeed, all things must work together for my salvation.
Because I belong to Christ, by his Holy Spirit he assures me of eternal life
and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for him.
Heidelberg Confession Q&A 1
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.