The response to the proclamation of the Word-- and the preaching of the Gospel-- is not to run out and apply it. Rather, it is to cry out for God's mercy and gratefully receive His grace through Christ.

We spend a few minutes in silent confession, letting ourselves become aware of the places in our lives and relationships where we have tried to live independently of God or to live for God by our own strength. We quietly confess our sin, acknowledge our need for God, pay attention to the Holy Spirit's work in us, and surrender every part of our heart to Him.