Opening Prayer: Almighty, unchanging God, please allow me to experience the depth of Your love in my life today, that I may more fully worship You. Amen.
Read: Luke 15:11-24
Reflect: What does the confession of the prodigal son teach you about confession? How do you think the father’s response is similar to God’s response to our confessions?
Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself
Hymn: “Nearer, Still Nearer”
Nearer, still nearer, close to Thy heart,
Draw me, my Savior so precious Thou art!
Fold me, O fold me close to Thy breast.
Shelter me safe in that haven of rest;
Shelter me safe in that haven of rest.
Nearer, still nearer, nothing I bring,
Naught as an offering to Jesus, my King-
Only my sinful, low contrite heart.
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart;
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart.
Nearer, still nearer, Lord, to be Thine!
Sin, with its follies, I gladly resign,
All, of its pleasures, pomp and its pride.
Give me but Jesus, my Lord, crucified;
Give me but Jesus, my Lord, crucified.
Nearer, still nearer, while life shall last,
Till safe in glory my anchor is cast;
Through endless ages ever to be
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to Thee;
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to Thee.
Closing Prayer: Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
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