Call to Reconciliation
Called to proclaim repentance, we are reluctant to look at our own failings. Invited to witness to God’s loving forgiveness of sins, we would rather not speak aloud of our own. Let us trust in the One who offers us hope and healing, as we pray together, saying,
Unison Prayer of Confession
You call us to proclaim a gospel we find difficult to practice, God Most High. We watch our clocks to make sure we spend more time with ourselves than with you. We are hesitant to witness to your power from on high, as we are uncertain of your presence in our lives. Forgive us, God of Light. Fill us with the healing presence of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your good news, as we participate in the life and suffering of our world, as did your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Silence is kept
Assurance of Pardon
L: Choosing to set aside judgment, God gives us justice; choosing to let go of punishment, God fills us with peace; choosing to release anger, God’s steadfast love rests upon us.
P: Forgiven, redeemed, restored – we will tell everyone, through the lives we lead, what God has done for us. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.