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confession: a new and different way

God of justice and peace,
you show us a new and different way to live
in the joyful gift of your Law
and in the gracious life of Jesus Christ,
but when your new way tells us, “No,”
we pull back.
We resist your challenge to give up the old ways.
We prefer that you keep silent
rather than speak up against our misdeeds out of your love and anger.
Forgive us, loving God.
Guide us into your new way.
Keep challenging us to walk in the way
of your justice, peace, and love for all people
each and every day,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Submitted by Rev. Andy James, First Presbyterian Church, Whitestone, New York

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