Sunday, August 14, 2016

Prelude to the Passion - 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Proper 15]


Jeremiah 22:1-9 OR Zechariah 7:1-14
Psalm 58
Matthew 23:13-39 OR Luke 11:37-54
1Timothy 3

We confess we have not kept covenant with you, O LORD our God, but we have worshiped other gods and served them. We have sworn oaths casually and not kept them; we have given freely of small things, but neglected the weightier matters of justice, mercy, and faith; we have maintained outward appearances of piety, while allowing our interior lives to fester with greed, hypocrisy, and self-indulgence; though we bear the name of Christ, we have failed to live and to love as Jesus has taught us, thus we must confess we have taken your name in vain. Forgive us, LORD, for by our words and actions we have stopped others from entering your kingdom and we ourselves have failed to enter. Yet, do not let your house become desolate. Let not the passersby say to one another, “Why has the LORD dealt this way with his people?” But give us, everyone, a fresh start, and gather us under the shelter of your wings. Though we have not always been willing, we will it now! Absolve and cleanse us, O LORD, both inside and out, for we long to see you and say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’

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