For use in the Local Church, for those who have need of it. Or for use in the home or private study–for a good laugh and some healing for your soul:

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A Responsive Reading from the First Church of Christian Jerks

Rule #1: Don’t be a Jerk

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A Responsive Reading
From the 1st Church of Christian Jerks

Pastor: “Upon further reflection as a pastor in this church I must confess that from time to time I have been a jerk.”
People: “Amen.”
Pastor: “I have reacted to complaints without compassion, I have responded to ideas with defensiveness, and I have been short with people that needed me to listen.”
People: “Sometimes, yes.”
Pastor: “For all of these things and more I ask your forgiveness.”
People: “You are forgiven entirely, in God’s grace.”
Pastor: “I humbly accept this forgiveness as grace because I do not deserve it, but I will seek to speak God’s truth with love in the future and to stop being a jerk.”
People: “We too believe that from time to time we have been jerks to you and to one another.”
Pastor: “Amen.”
People: “We have responded to the Word of God with criticism, we have gossiped about one another, and we have reacted to outsiders with negative words.”
Pastor: “Sometimes, yes.”
People: “For all of these things and more we ask forgiveness.”
Pastor “You are forgiven entirely, in God’s grace.”
People: “We humbly accept this forgiveness as grace because we do not deserve it, but we will seek to speak God’s truth with love in the future and to stop being jerks.”
All: “May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

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