This Week’s Reading: Isaiah 6
What did you observe about God in this chapter? What do you observe about Isaiah’s response to God?
How does Isaiah’s response to God’s holiness differ from your own? How does this challenge your current view of God?
How might you be trying to “cleanse yourself” rather than in repentance letting God cleanse you? What is one step that you can put into regular practice that will help remind you of God’s holiness and pushes you towards approaching Him?
Holy Holy Holy by John Bacchus Dykes & Reginald Heber
There Is a Fountain by William Cowper & Lowell Mason
Confession (Congregational response in bold):
Let us confess our sins aloud.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not rightly acknowledged your power or recognized your authority.
We try to be gods for ourselves and live our lives as if we don’t need you.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Let us confess our sins quietly in our hearts.
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, pp. 331-332