Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (ESV)
Call to Worship
Psalm 83:1–3, 16-18
 O God, do not keep silence;
do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
 For behold, your enemies make an uproar;
those who hate you have raised their heads.
 They lay crafty plans against your people;
they consult together against your treasured ones.
 Fill their faces with shame,
that they may seek your name, O LORD.
 Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;
let them perish in disgrace,
 that they may know that you alone,
whose name is the LORD,
are the Most High over all the earth. (ESV)
Prayer of Confession
Lord God, we praise you for sending light into this world. We confess that we live as though the light had never defeated darkness. We confess that we ignore the Savior you sent to be among us and to live in us. We’ve kept the birth of your Son confined to the Christmas season and do not yearn for his coming each moment in our waiting hearts. Forgive us for not opening our eyes to Jesus. Prepare us for His return. Help us rejoice in the light so that your grace can illuminate the darkened places of our hearts. Amen.