5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7 but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
-1 John 1:5-10
Confession. It’s good for the soul! I’m one who firmly believes in confession, in owning up to one’s mistakes, and then working on making amends. Confession keeps you humble, and confession keeps your heart faithful.
For the next four Sundays of November, I’ve added in a confession prayer to the order of worship, which will be related to the theme for the day. I’ll begin by asking you to enter a time of confession, first silently when you can share your own burdens. We will then say the printed prayer together. After the prayer, I will assure us that God does indeed love and forgive us, and we will stand for the Gloria Patri.
Blessings and Peace,
For the month of November, we will return to the Gospel of Matthew. We’ll begin with a passage about integrity, humility, and service, but then we will move into Matthew 25, with three stories that teach us about faith and action.
November 1, 2020: Matthew 23:1-12, “The Exaltation of Humility”
November 8, 2020: Matthew 25:1-13, “Wise Waiting”
November 15, 2020: Matthew 25:14-30, “The Risk of Faith”
November 22, 2020: Matthew 25:31-46, “Faith Must Act”
For November 1, 2020, we will look at Matthew 23:1-12, “The Exaltation of Humility.” Jesus criticizes those who use flowery words and enjoy appreciation, yet have an empty life. We are reminded that the way of Christ is through service and surrender.