This morning, we were doing a worship set on God’s grace. We introduced the set with a paraphrase of Romans 6 (see below) followed by a corporate prayer of confession from the Common Book of Prayer. Then we used the Chris Tomlin’s chorus for Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) to frame the set.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.
The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
We do not offer the parts of our body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but to God, as those who have been brought from death to life;
Offer your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master.
We are not under law, but under grace.
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
We have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Prayer of Confession (from Common Book of Prayer):
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.