“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (ESV)
Call to Worship
Psalm 81:1–7, 13-16
 Sing aloud to God our strength;
shout for joy to the God of Jacob!
 Raise a song; sound the tambourine,
the sweet lyre with the harp.
 Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our feast day.
 For it is a statute for Israel,
a rule of the God of Jacob.
 He made it a decree in Joseph
when he went out over the land of Egypt.
I hear a language I had not known:
 “I relieved your shoulder of the burden;
your hands were freed from the basket.
 In distress you called, and I delivered you;
I answered you in the secret place of thunder;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah.
 Oh, that my people would listen to me,
that Israel would walk in my ways!
 I would soon subdue their enemies
and turn my hand against their foes.
 Those who hate the LORD would cringe toward him,
and their fate would last forever.
 But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” (ESV)
Prayer of Confession
Father in Heaven, our iniquities have gone over our heads; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for us; but, weary and heavy laden under this burden, we come to Christ, who has promised that in him we shall find rest for our souls. You, Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Amen.