First speaker: "This is a Day of Atonement."
Reply: "And we have mercy!"
Together (if appropriate) "Make us a channel of your mercy, Lord. We'll forgive. We'll forgive. We'll forgive."
A mercy greeting
Using the Mercy Declaration as a two-part special greeting
Greetings at home
1. Say it to yourself and/or your spouse when you wake up
2. A parent may say it as a child is leaving for school or going out with friends. Try it as an improvement on the basic, "Have fun," "Be good," or "Have you got your lunch?"
3. At breakfast a parent may say the first half ("This is a Day of Atonement,") and let the child say the second half ("And we have mercy.")
Greet/chant as a team
The Mercy Declaration unifies any team or group that says it together. It is like the shout that a sports team gives when they put their hands all together before they go out to start the game. You may also want to use the Mercy Prayer with the Declaration.
Part of the feeling of unity comes from knowing what to say. When the coach or team leader says the first half of the Declaration, an outsider would not know how to finish it, but the insiders all do. They belt it out.
Group members may also use it as a greeting any time they see each other outside the group. It reminds them of the whole group, and that is an empowering thought.
Why use it?
The Mercy Declaration and/or the Mercy Prayer give us a secure identity and make us grateful for it.
The Declaration sets the tone for our day. Whatever else may happen in this day, however great or awful, must happen in light of this rock-solid truth--that Jesus made atonement for us with his own blood in the Temple in heaven.
The Declaration makes our purpose in life crystal clear. We are to bless everyone with the mercy we get from God.
People who overhear you using this special greeting may wonder if you are using some kind of code, and in a way, you are. It is your way of helping each other keep in SYNC with Christ, your shared project.