Lord, hear our prayer:
Father, we praise you that no matter the depth of our sin, your love can reach down and lift us up; no matter the hurt and pain we feel, your love holds us and heals us; no matter how far we wander from you and your will for our lives, your love still reaches out to find us and bring us home. We praise you that your love far exceeds our guilt; that though, in Christ’s death on the cross, you have made clear the enormity of our sin, you accept us as we are. You never allow us to become satisfied with the lives we live and the things we say and do, but you are always seeking to lift us up and make us new and make us whole. We praise you most for your utter determination that we should be free: free to choose, free to live, free to praise and free to serve. We praise you for the freedom that comes to us in Christ, our Saviour and Lord.