Father, we thank you for being so ready to forgive us whenever we turn to you and honestly acknowledge your power and our own need. We praise you for the joy of knowing that no matter who we are or what we have done or failed to do, we can experience the joy of forgiveness and beginning again. Father, we thank you for the fellowship of your church, the community of those who have confessed their sin and are receiving your promise of life made whole. Thank you for every person who shares your love with us and for every person who demonstrates the reality of the love of Jesus in all they say and do; for every person whose offer of forgiveness has set us free to begin again and has been a sign to us of your love, which is always reaching out to us in Christ. We bring our thanks in the name of Christ, the true source of all thankfulness.