L Put not your trust in rulers, in mortals in whom there is no help. When they breathe their last, they return to earth, and in that day their thoughts perish. (Psalm 146:3-4) Let us confess the ways we trust in the temporary things of this world.
Silence is kept for confession and reflection
L Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help,
C The Lord loves the righteous and sets the captive free. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind and lifts up those who are bowed down. The Lord shall reign forever, your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah! (Psalm 146:5, 7-8, 10)
L For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands… but he entered into heaven itself, to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time… to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:24, 27-8)