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confession: quite a mess

Prayer of Confession

We come to you conflicted, Lord. We want to be people who love well, turn the other cheek and generously share what you have given us. But we find ourselves needing to be right, striving to win the argument and keeping a tight grip on both our stuff and your good news. We are afraid to be vulnerable and frightened by too much honesty in others.  Gathered like this, we must look like quite a mess…  a mess that only your grace can put right.  We come in need of your faithfulness, your cleansing, your healing, your forgiveness.

             (silent personal reflection)

 

Open our eyes to your presence. Loosen our grip so that you might be in control.   Love us most clearly through the ones with whom we have fought, so that the body might regain health and wholeness.  Amen.

 

Assurance of Pardon

Friends, hear this good news: the One who started a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. The saving work of Christ is done, for you and for me. The reconciling work of Christ is happening in you, in me, among us.   In Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.  Amen. 

Submitted by Laura Viau.

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