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confession: restore us, O God

We are a sinful people in need of restoration,
but sometimes we are too stubborn or ignorant to even realize it.
We are capable of such evil as well as such goodness.
Let us confess our sins that we might be washed of evil
and welcome the goodness that God’s intends for us.

 

Give ear, merciful God, to our confession.
Restore us, O God!
Forgive us for the things we have done.
Restore us, O God!
Forgive us for the things we have left undone.
Restore us, O God!
For the people we’ve hurt, and the relationships we’ve broken.
Restore us, O God!
For the societal illnesses we ignore, and the injustices we dismiss.
Restore us, O God!
Forgive us, for we are sorry and recognize our need of your grace.
Make your face to shine upon us that we might be saved!
Make your face to shine upon us that we might be saved!

 

God has given ear to our confession
and God’s face has shined upon us!
In the name of Jesus Christ, you and I are saved:
saved from our sins,
saved to our faithful savior,
whose steadfast love is gifted to the world!

 

Submitted by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing, Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, NY

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