Numbers 10:1-11; Mark 14:1-21; Psalm 51:1-19; Proverbs 10:31-32
“Have mercy on me, O God, according
to your steadfast love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.”
Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother
Create in me a pure heart, O God
and renew a steadfast spirit
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare
Lord God, you have graciously blessed me with another year of life. It’s been a year full of your steadfast love towards me–forgiveness and grace that I did not deserve and did not earn. You have washed me and made me whiter than snow–and because of that I will one day stand before you in a robe of righteousness. Be with me in the year to come. Open my mouth that I may speak of your goodness and mercy, that others may celebrate a new birth through faith in your Son Jesus Christ. In His name I give you all thanks and praise, Amen.