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    19th March 2017 – Mercy

    19th March 2017 – Mercy
    March 17, 2017 Judith Simms

    We have not learned to have mercy on each other

    Gracious God

    Forgive us

     

    We expect the world to somehow conjure up waves of mercy

    Yet our own church family may be left without

    Gracious God

    Forgive us

     

    Mercy is not about condoning wrong or evil behaviour

    It is about seeking the good of both victim and perpetrator

    That is a difficult thing.

    Sorrow for the victim

    Is too often only words!

    We don’t know how to help

    Gracious God

    Forgive us

     

    We condemn the guilty,

    seek revenge or retribution and

    somehow contrive to make things worse

    We shut our eyes

    And don’t know how to help

    Gracious God

    Forgive us

     

    Mercy is your tender and vital gift for each one of us

    When we call on you.

    Without mercy we would break under the weight of guilt.

     

    We see the Cross of Calvary

    And know the cost of all our sin.

    Our deliberate turning away,

    Our neglect

    Our disavowal

    Our worship of some other god.

    Gracious God

    We plead for mercy

    And know we must ourselves be merciful

    Then mercy reaches

    Down

    Lifts us up

    And sets us free.

     

    At the foot of the Cross

    We see the cost,

    The terrible cost

    Of Mercy

    And of undeserved

    Love

     

    In your mercy grant us wisdom

    For the love of Christ

    Amen.

     

    Reading: Psalm 51

    STF 420   Because you came and sat beside us

     

    Prayers for March by Hazel Parsons