“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of you according to your ways, says the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord GOD. Turn, then, and live.” Ezekiel 18:30-32
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 4:17
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe the good news.” Mark 11:15
“I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
“INVITATION Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him and seek to grow inot his likeness. Let us draw near with faith, make our humble confession, and prepare to receive this Holy Sacrament. CONFESSION AND PARDON We do not presume to come to this your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own goodness, but in your unfailing mercies. We are not worthy that you should receive us, but give your word and we shall be healed, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that is proof of God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!” (The United Methodist Church Book of Worship, Pastor’s Pocket Edition, A Service of Word and Table V with Persons Who Are Sick or Homebound)
God says to us, “I am here with you” then asks us, “Won’t you be with me?” How do you respond today, now - in this moment?