Prayer of Confession from Isaiah 5:1-6
Beloved, God, you had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. You dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines. You built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it.
You expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.
What more could you do for your vineyard that you had not done in it?
When you expected it to yield grapes, why did our lives yield wild grapes? What now will you do, Lord?
We confess that we stray from the way you call us, choosing to trust in what is temporary:
do not remove your hedge, or we shall be devoured.
We confess that we build our own walls through injustice and indifference to others:
do not break down your wall, or we shall be trampled down.
We confess that we are destroying this earth you created:
do not make it a waste.
When we confess are many sins to you, Lord, may the Spirit of Truth change our hearts:
prune us so that we shall not be overgrown with briers and thorns.
When we cry out to you in humility:
send your living water so that we may be cleansed.
Assurance from John 15:7
Hear the words of Jesus: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” When we offer our confession to God with a humble and contrite heart, we will receive forgiveness.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!