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Maundy Thursday confession

Call to Reconciliation
How is it people will recognize us as followers of Jesus? Simply by how we
treat one another. Let us confess how we have not loved as Christ loves us.

Unison Prayer of Confession
Creator and Loving God, you kneel to wash our feet, yet we are reluctant
for you to see all the places we have gone in our attempts to escape you.
You would bathe us in the warm, living waters of your love, and though we
splash and play in the puddles of temptation.  We have received all the
gifts you have to offer, yet we are tempted to think they are only for us,
rather than sharing them.

Forgive us, Holy One, and have mercy on us.  What can we give you for all
your wonderful graciousness towards us?  As you have broken your heart for
us, may we open ours in service to others.  As you have given your life for
us, may we offer ours to bring healing to the world.  As you have called us
together around your Table, may we go forth to feed a world hungry, not only
for food, but for that Spirit which brings peace and reconciliation.  This
we pray as servants of Jesus Christ, who came to serve us in life, in death,
in resurrection hope.

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon
L:  On this holiest of nights, we have received the good news:  God has come
in Christ Jesus, to fill us with hope and peace, to bathe us in grace and
P:    In remembrance, we go forth:
to bring hope where despair resides;
to be servants to those who are broken;
to love as selflessly as we are loved by Jesus Christ, our Lord and
Savior.        Amen.


Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.

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