Wolves in Wool
Call to Worship
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
Night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
Their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.
The instructions of the Lord are perfect–reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy–making wise the simple.
The commandments of the Lord are right–bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear–giving insight for living.
Confession of Sin
God of mercy, though we know that you look at our hearts, we confess that we are often more concerned with appearances. Help us trust you to keep us secure in your hand and know that our salvation is sealed by the Holy Spirit.
O Almighty God, we humbly ask you to make us like trees planted by the waterside,
that we may bring forth fruits of good living in due season. Forgive our past offenses,
sanctify us now, and direct all that we should be in the future, for Christ’s sake. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Go now with the assurance that all the promises of God find their Yes in Jesus. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
-From 2 Corinthians 1:20-22