Liturgy for Judges (confession and others)


I’ve written a confession, absolution, opening and closing prayers for our services throughout a sermon series on Judges which started last Sunday.  There is no copyright, as it’s God’s word, if anyone wants to use or adapt them.

Opening prayer
Lord you say to your people
“I am the Lord your God”
And so we praise you this morning
For you have made yourself ours.
You have given yourself to us.
You are the Lord our God.
You alone are faithful, holy and true.
You alone are righteous, pure and clean.
You alone are just, wise and glorious.
You alone are love.
We praise you our Lord and God.

Confession
Lord you say to your people
“I am the Lord your God”
You have promised your steadfast love and faithfulness
to those who love and obey you.
And yet Lord, as Israel did evil in your eyes
So we your church and people have followed their example.
We have not done the good we ought to have done
And we have done the evil we ought not to have done
We have broken your holy law
And brought dishonour to your most glorious name
Lord, have mercy on us
Spare us from oppression and harm
Deliver us from evil.
Give us ears to hear your command
And hearts to obey your will.
Through Jesus Christ
Our Lord and Saviour
Amen


Absolution

The Lord hears the cries of his people for mercy
and delivers them out of their distress.
He has sent his Son to save us
by dying for our sins on the cross.
He washes, cleanses, restores and sets his people free
by the power of his Holy Spirit.
May his name be praised forever.
Amen


Closing Prayer

Almighty God, our heavenly Father
As we cry to you for mercy
deliver us from evil
restore the health your church
bless your people
turn our hearts to you
bring an end to our oppression
so the whole earth might live to praise you
and do what’s right in your eyes
To the glory of your name
Amen.

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