Our song today was suggested by Jessie, "Above All" by Paul Baloche.
Jesus' suffering on the cross is the central point of this redemption story. His victory over death is the opening of all that follows: our lives, freed from the mastery of sin, ultimately victorious over death. This opens the door to all that follows in this Confession, looking at how we live this life of freedom. This is the gospel we have come to believe. Thanks be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ!
"Lord, we thank you for the life you have given us in Jesus. Thank you Jesus for your work of love on the cross. Thank you for freeing us from sin and the dread of the grave, and for victory in your name. We pray today for Holland Christian Homes and all of the Long Term Care homes in our country, that your grace would be poured out on them, that governments, corporations and citizens would work together for their improvement, and that the caregivers, residents and their families would know and share your love one in serving with another."
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.