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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

God’s children are not called to come before God’s throne with a list of accomplishments, or merits or goodness; they are called, says Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 26, to come with the humility that “…offers nothing but our need for mercy.” Such a cry for mercy comes from our “dying-away of the old self” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 33, Question and Answer 88) which expresses that we are “genuinely sorry for our sin and more and more…hate and run away from it” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 33, Question and Answer 89).
 

The gifts of renewal and pardon come only “through true faith” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 7, Question and Answer 20) and are “gifts of sheer grace, granted solely by Christ’s merits” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 7, Question and Answer 21). The very act of faith is to plead for his mercy.

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Confession

God of compassion,
you are slow to anger and full of mercy,
welcoming sinners who return to you with penitent hearts.
Receive in your loving embrace
all who come home to you.
Seat them at your bountiful table of grace,
that, with all your children,
they may feast with delight
on all that satisfies the hungry heart.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
[Harold M. Daniels in BCW, p 248(231), PD]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Deliverance
Bountiful God, who reached for me with a hand of mercy, thank you for your unfailing love. You hate sin but you love sinners, and so you are always out to save. You did not send your Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved, through him. You are good to the world, good to the church, and you are good to me, in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
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Author and Composer Information

Craig Musseau has written some of the Vineyard’s most outstanding worship songs. Others of his frequently sung compositions include “Arms of Love” and “Pour Out My Heart.”
Hymnary.org does not have a score for this hymn.