R. Have mercy, Lord, for we have sinned.
1. Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.
In your compassion blot out my offence.
O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin. (R.)
2. My offences truly I know them;
my sin is always before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned. (R.)
3. From my sins turn away your face
and blot out all my guilt.
O rescue me, God, my helper,
and my tongue shall ring out your goodness. (R.)
God in Christ was reconciling the world to himself,
and he has entrusted to us the news that they are reconciled.