L Jesus said, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. (Mark 8:34-35) Let us confess our reluctance to deny ourselves and follow Christ.
Silence kept for confession and reflection
L You who fear the LORD, give praise!
C All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; all the families of nations shall bow before God, for dominion belongs to the Lord, who rules over the nations. (Psalm 22:23, 27-28)
L (As) Abraham’s faith "was reckoned to him as righteousness” so it will be reckoned to us who believe in God who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.