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POP: we seek your mercy

Have mercy on us, O God,

according to your steadfast love;

cleanse this world and all our lives,

that we might shine with the glory of your love.

We call for your mercy in our own lives,

for forgiveness of what we have done or left undone

that violates your image in every human life.

O God, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We call for your mercy on those from whom we are estranged,

by our own fault or despite our deepest hopes,

that your reconciliation may bind us together again.

O God, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We call for your mercy on all who seek your truth,

that the seeds of wisdom would take root in every heart,

and that knowledge would bring joy and gladness.

O God, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We seek your mercy on those whose hearts fail them -

or their minds, their joints, their balance, their health -

that your healing power would be with them and restore them to life.

O God, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We seek our mercy on this church,

that we would be strengthened in love for one another

and for all your people,

united in service and understanding.

O God, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We seek your mercy on all your world, in every part of our lives,

calling upon your grace in Jesus’ name,

for we pray together in him, saying:

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Marion, IA

confession: on our worst days

On our best days, O God, we know what we should be about.  We have heard your call, and we know what you want from us – justice, kindness, humility, peace, love.  We know all this, yet we sin.  We do precisely the things you have commanded us not to do.  We are guilty of being mean-spirited and unfair, arrogant and rude, chaotic and even violent.  We fail to love our neighbors and you, forgetting that this is your primary command.  We do not understand why we do the wrong things, but we come confessing because we know we are guilty.  So, God, on our very worst days, from the depths of our sinful brokenness, we cry to you for help and rescue.  Have mercy, O God, according to your unfailing love.  Amen.


Submitted by Rev. Betsy Turner, Luther Hays Presbyterian Church, Georgia

CTW for Ash Wednesday

One: This is the season of Lent, a time when we recognize the ways we have moved away from God, a time when we look deeply into our lives and see the ways we have not lived faithfully. Lent is also a time of reorientation and renewal; a time of turning our hearts and minds back to God.
Many: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love

One: God is a God of abundant mercy, who seeks reconciliation with wayward Creation.
Many: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

One: God is a God who constantly reaches out to us, inviting us into love, inviting us into life.

Many: Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.

One: The sacrifice which is pleasing to God is a contrite heart and a spirit of brokenness; let us turn to God humility and faith.
Many: God, you are merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Wash away our guilt, heal our brokenness, and draw us ever closer to you.

Submitted by Laura Brekke, Campus Minister at Santa Clara University in California, adapted from Psalm 51

confession: if we’re honest…

You call us to love you with all our heart, all our mind, all our strength.
But, if we’re honest, we don’t give you all we have.
We hold back—because we aren’t worthy, because we are afraid, because we are selfish.
We aren’t always sure what love really is.
We forget to look to you, and even when we look, our vision is clouded.
Clear the chaos within us, O God,
that we may focus on you.
We will seek you with our whole hearts.


Submitted by the Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake IL.