I often enjoy reading through the Book of Common Prayer for many reasons. One of them being the fact that prayers such as these are found there. This morning, as I study and reflect on the scriptures for my sermon tomorrow, I find myself once again drawn to the beautiful grace of our Lord.
Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desires not the death of sinners, but rather that they may turn from their wickedness and live, has given power and commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins. He pardons and absolves all those who truly repent, and with sincere hearts believe his holy Gospel.