Welcome to our Sunday morning worship. One of the things we find hardest is forgiveness – when we have wounded the distress can last for years, for decades. Today we will look at Jesus’ words from the cross – “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” But first we begin by singing God’s praises: “Crown him with many crowns…”
We bring our prayers to God
Our gospel reading today is about self-knowledge and forgiveness … the clip below is by way of introduction!
And now the reading – Luke 23:32-38
32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with Jesus 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
Talk by Glyn: “Forgiveness”.
Here’s the audio:
Now we sing: “How deep the Father’s love for us …”
We bring our prayers to God:
Our closing song: “Here is love, vast as the ocean”
And let’s close by saying the grace for each other: