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Confession

After the prayers, we confess our sins to God except during the season of Easter when we celebrate the resurrection of Christ that redeems us from sin. The confession offers an opportunity to acknowledge together the ways we have failed to love God and the people in our lives whether family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or chance aquaintances. At the conclusion of the confession, the presider says the absolution, words reminding us that God forgives our sins.

The prayers conclude with an invitation for those who are celebrating a birthday or anniversary to come forward for a prayer.  This moment reveals that, while we are members of the Body of Christ, God loves us individually, knowing even the number of hairs on our head.

Confession

The Deacon or Celebrant says

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

Minister and People

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.

The Bishop, when present, or the Priest, stands and says

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins
through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all
goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in
eternal life. Amen.