“You shall not murder. (ESV)
Call to Worship
 We give thanks to you, O God;
we give thanks, for your name is near.
We recount your wondrous deeds.
 “At the set time that I appoint
I will judge with equity.
 When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants,
it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah
 I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’
and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn;
 do not lift up your horn on high,
or speak with haughty neck.’”
 For not from the east or from the west
and not from the wilderness comes lifting up,
 but it is God who executes judgment,
putting down one and lifting up another. (ESV)
Prayer of Confession
Gracious Father, you sent your son to die and rise to new life in order that death might be brought to an end and that we might live a new life in Him. Yet we confess that we too often have chosen to remain captive to doubt and fear and ways that lead to death. By our thoughts, words, and actions, we have scorned your love, diminished the lives of others, and defaced your image in us. Father, forgive us for Jesus’ sake, and enable us by His resurrection power to live no longer for ourselves but for Him who died and rose again for us. Amen.