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confession: way, truth, life

One:           Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Way.

All:       You call us to walk with you, but we prefer other ways, which seem just as good.

      Your way is difficult, and requires sacrifice of status, money, and power,

      while other ways offer us a good life filled with plenty.

      Forgive us when we choose the good life instead of your abundant life.

~silence~

One:     Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Truth.

 All:       But your truth contradicts everything we know about economies and institutions,

      so we close our minds and hearts to the suffering our truths inflict on others

      and on creation.

      Forgive us when we accept lies as truth.

~silence~

One:     Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Life.

 All:       Your life is the light of all people, but we prefer to put boundaries around life,

      believing some lives are more valuable, some ways of living are more acceptable,

      some lives cannot be tolerated.

      Forgive us when we restrict your life-giving to our rules.

~silence~

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL

confession: we lose our way

Loving Christ, you tell your disciples that you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life, yet how often we lose our way, confuse the truth, and choose little deaths rather than live in your abundance. We confess our distractions, how tempted we are by roads more traveled. We admit the seduction of certainty, of those who say what we want to hear. We know our ways of life make us sick and threaten our planet, yet we feel powerless to live otherwise.
Still, in your grace, you give us the cross, the signpost on your Way. Your Truth confronts the powers of this world, revealing their self-service and false promises. Your Life grows as we follow you and so discover an abundance we could never imagine on our own, bringing life to communities everywhere. As we travel our Lenten journey, may we know where you are going, and may we follow and find our home. Amen.

Silent Prayer

Assurance of Grace
In the difficulties of the holiest week, no matter how others gave up on him, Jesus continued to love others. We remember that Jesus still shows us the depths of God’s love and calls us to share that love with others. Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Laura Cunningham, Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church, Pearl River, NY