Scripture – Luke 18: 9 – 14

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????“[Jesus] also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’

But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’

I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”


Prayer for this day

Dear Lord,

In the quiet of our own hearts and minds, apart from any onlooker or crowd, we confess our sins of the week past.  Particularly pardon us for any self-righteousness.  In your abiding mercy, restore us, renew us and give us new hope for the week to come.