‘Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry for ever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.’
Lord, what an amazing thing it is that we human beings, the human race that has so offended and grieved you, should yet have in you a God who is ever so ready to pardon.
What a marvellous thing it is that if we will but turn from our sins and seek your face and implore your forgiveness, you will forgive!
Though our sins should be of the very worst kind and multiplied beyond number,
Yet you will take those sins,
tread them underfoot,
and hurl them into the depths of the seas.
We thank you for the experience that so many of us have had of this gracious forgiveness,
And we thank you for the ongoing experience that we have had of it as, day after day, we have come to you with fresh sin, and when confessed, you have forgiven.
We would worship you, the gracious God,
who, through the cross of Calvary,
made provision for our cleansing.
We would ask that at the outset of our worship there would be in our hearts lifted to you,
The imploring of your forgiveness,
And the experience again through Jesus’ blood of the washing away of our guilt.
Grant it so that we may come in the joy of reconciliation,
in the joy of fresh forgiveness,
in the joy of knowing that you are a God who now through Christ smiles upon us in forgiving love.
Hear us and bless this hour of worship.
We pray it in Jesus’ name.