(This responsive prayer aims to remind, rehearse, and affirm how the Old Testament petitions of Psalm 51 find their answers in the gospel, revealed in the New Testament.)
Leader: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
ALL: In love, he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ,
according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace,
with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Leader: Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
ALL: For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin,
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Leader: For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
ALL: But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.
Leader: Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
ALL: And since we have a great priest over the house of God,
let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience
and our bodies washed with pure water.
Leader: Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
ALL: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand,
and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
(Taken from Psalm 51; Eph 1:4-6; 2 Cor 5:21; Rom 5:8; Heb 10:21-22; Rom 5:1-2)