February 26


Year 1  ( 2022 – 2023 )


Matthew 18:15-35


Jesus teaches on church discipline. He commends Peter to forgive “seventy times seven” times. The parable of the unforgiving servant.

Prayer of Confession

Gracious God,
We come, once again, seeking your forgiveness and grace.
We come, again and again,
for we live in a broken and bruising world,
and too easily, we play along with it –
living by its rules, not yours.
Systems of injustice swarm around us
in which people are measured and scored:
richer and poorer, lighter skin and darker,
successful and not, valuable and not, visible and not,
worthy of forgiveness and not.
This is not your economy.
This is not the community you intend.
Forgive us when we play along by the world’s measures,
and miss out on your incalculable grace.
And forgive us, again and again,
when we seek after that grace,
but fail to share it with others.
Set us free to live in your economy,
where love flows freely and fully to all people.

Congregational Song Suggestions

“Create in Me a Clean Heart”

GTG 422

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

GTG 423

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

“Free Us, God, from Past Mistakes”

by David Bjorlin

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

“Forgive Our Sins as We Forgives”

GTG 444

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

“Forgive Us, God”

by Adam M. L. Tice

Available from Claim the Mystery at giamusic.com

“Forgive Us, Lord/Perdón, Señor”

GTG 431, SSS 505, VT 153

God, Give Me Time

VT 144

“God, How Can We Forgive”

GTG 445

Help Us Accept Each Other

GTG 754

Just As I Am

GTG 442, VT 560

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy


Beyond the Hymnal

 “For Good”

from the musical Wicked, by Stephen Schwartz