What is S.U.P.V.?
For those new to our church, website and this blog, here's what it's all about: SUPV stands for the Straight Up Prayer Vigil. It is a virtual prayer vigil that happens every Wednesday (God willing). The Straight Up refers to the times of 6:00 a.m., noon, 6:00 p.m., and midnight--you choose whatever time works for you--and you pray for our church, those on prayer list, and prayer requests that are included in the blog post or are sent by email, normally at the beginning of the week for that Wednesday.
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:35
When my older son was younger, he asked me once after church why we said the Confession of Sin in our liturgy at the time. Grimacing, he said that confused him because we seemed to be pretty decent people, but to recite the words that we did seemed to contradict his assessment of our church and frankly, was pretty much a downer. Seizing on a great opportunity, I explained to him that we truly are sinners, and we need to acknowledge that fact, lest we lose sight of our need for His grace. The proclamation we recite after the confession of sin is our opportunity to rejoice at the beautiful gift of salvation. He seemed to understand the words I said, but I don’t think he fully understood the concept of why we declared how bad we were. Can anyone relate?