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confession: naming our sin

Naming Our Sin (following the hymn “Source and Sovereign, Rock and Cloud” described in the Glory to Godsampler this way: “These scriptural names and images of the Triune God express a theological view reinforced by the structure: the stanzas deal, in turn, with each Person of the Trinity and the refrain affirms their unity. The swirling patterns of the Welsh tune add much energy to the text.”)

L:  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Remembering this promise of God, let us pray together.

P:  Holy God,  Each name for you in scripture and song tells a story of what you have done for us.  We confess that we limit ourselves to a few names, a few stories, and only a few memories.  We confess that we forget all the different ways and times you have shown us mercy and grace.  We confess that we don’t spend enough time remembering your promises which give us comfort in our present struggles and hope for the unknown future.  Forgive us, Gracious One, and help us to remember your faithfulness to your covenant this day and always.  This we pray in the name above all names, Jesus our Lord.  Amen. 

Hearing God’s Forgiveness

L:  When the flood waters covered the earth,

P:  God remembered Noah.

L:  When she grieved for children she didn’t have,

P:  God remembered Rachel.

L:  When the Israelites groaned under the oppression of the Egyptians,

P:  God heard their groaning, and God remembered the covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

L:  When we confess our sins, God hears us and remembers the promise of the gospel:

P:  Our sins are forgiven on account of Christ’s name.

L:  Thanks be to God!  Amen.


Submitted by Rev. Stephanie Boardman Anthony, First Presbyterian Church, Hudson, WI.

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