On this Easter morning we come to you acknowledging that we have loved death rather than life. We admit that we still wallow in the grave of our sin and we have not cast off the old man as we have been called to do.
Death still very much clings to us, and we are powerless to sever the ties to that bind us to our degeneracy.
We confess, O God, that our mouths have been full of corruption. Our lips have not stopped breathing out damnable things. We have slandered our brethren and spoken ill of the people who we ought to love, reverence, and honor. We have been slow to encourage and quick to tear down.
Our Christian duty has been neglected as well. You have called us to seek the peace, purity, and unity of the church. But we have fallen far short of your expectation. Forgive us, we pray, for not seeking the greater increase of grace among our brethren and our neighbors. Please excuse our having failed to pray for them, forgive them, and be reconciled to them; and doing everthing within our power to promote the reign of godliness.
O God, Our hearts are broken and we are truly sorry for loving to live among the tombs of death and hades.
And we come to you now seeking your pardon and grace that we might be made free from this pitiful condition. We ask for the continuing work of resurrection life within us. May the life giving power of Your Spirit birth in us new obedience and renew us in righteousness by your infinite grace.
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