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confession: by still waters

Call to Reconciliation
We wander from hope to hope, thinking the next person,
the next book, the next new thing will lead us in the ways
in which we long to live.  Yet, if we open our eyes and
pay attention, we will see the Good Shepherd, the One
we will bring us into the kingdom of God’s mercy and
hope, even as we confess all the foolish mistakes we
have done, and all the wrong turns we have made.
Join me, as we pray saying,

Unison Prayer of Confession
You long to fill us with your comfort and peace,
Still Waters of Grace, but we continue to take on
more anxiety, more worry, more fear.  You would
comfort us in the gentleness of your hope, but we
welcome the embrace of a world spinning more and
more out of control.  You would feed us with more
than we need, but we continue to hunger for the
sweet sensations offered to us by temptation.
You keep your promises and offer us forgiveness
and mercy all the days of our life.  May we keep our
eyes focused on the path you have shaped for us; may
we listen to the call of the Good Shepherd who leads
us into your joy, that kingdom prepared for us by
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

  Silent prayers may be offered

Assurance of Pardon
L:    This is the good news: wherever we are, God
is with us; whoever we are, God forgives us,
and offers us new life.
P:    Surely goodness and mercy are the companions
we have been longing for, faithful friends as we
continue our journey as God’s people.  Amen.

 

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

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