Exhortation (leads into the General Confession)
Dear friends, the scriptures urge us to acknowledge our wickedness before almighty God our heavenly Father and to confess our many sins to Him, that they may be forgiven through His infinite goodness and mercy in Jesus Christ our Lord.
We should always humbly admit our sins before God, but especially when we meet together to give thanks for the great benefits we have received from Him, to praise and worship Him, to hear His holy word and to ask what is necessary for our bodies and souls. Therefore let us come before the throne of our gracious God and say together :
Friends, we have come here to take part in the worship of God; to confess our sins to Him and to ask for His forgiveness; to thank Him for making us and protecting us; to praise Him for His love and mercy; to hear from His holy Word, and to pray for our needs and the needs of others. But, first, let us confess our sins and say together:
Friends, we have come here to worship God for His greatness, power and glory; to praise and thank Him for His goodness and love to us and especially for sending the Lord Jesus Christ to be our Saviour; to hear His holy word and to pray for His forgiveness, help and guidance.