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Confession: new order

Prayer of Confession

God of grace and mercy,
You create a new order for our lives:
Service before success,
Faith before knowledge,
Partnership over independence,
The cross over the crown.
Forgive us when we fall into the patterns of this world,
Rejecting your call through our action or inaction.
Forgive us, God, and move us to see the world through lens of your great love.
Forgive us, God, and grant us peace.

Assurance of Pardon

God forgives us of our sins,
Not because we are righteous, but because God is good.
God calls us to try again,
Not because we are strong, but because God will help us.
God calls us as disciples,
Not because we are worthy, but because we are loved.
God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom,
and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
Through the love of God in Christ Jesus, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God! Amen.


Submitted by Rev. Anna George Traynham, Associate Pastor, Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA

confession: we believe ourselves wise

Creator God, you knit all things together with your infinite wisdom. We confess that we are often foolish, yet believe ourselves wise. We ravage your creation, taking what we want without concern, searching for freedom and happiness, forgetting that our true purpose and joy is found only in you. We seek first our own good, heedless of our place as one strand in the carefully woven fabric of your world. Forgive us. Open our ears to hear you speaking, and our hearts to embrace your purpose. Amen.    ~silence~


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

POP–we pray for…

Living and Holy God, we give you thanks for your word of life

and the gift of your invitation to know and serve you in Jesus Christ.

Hear our prayers, in the name of Christ, the holy and blameless one.


We pray for those who seek you,

who work to keep your blessed way.

Teach them in the quiet and gentle voice of the heart.


We pray for those who teach and those who learn,

that their work together would reveal the love you have for all your people.


We pray for all whose way falters, due to sin, weakness, or despair.

Strengthen your people, restore the broken, and rescue the lost.


We pray for those who are excluded or put to shame,

that they would be strengthened by the gift of your word

and the presence of your church.


We pray for all who are sick, struggling, grieving, or worried,

that they might know your healing

and delight to praise you with upright hearts.


We pray for your will to be done,

and we offer ourselves to your service,

in Jesus’ name, saying together:

The Lord’s Prayer


Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids IA



With out feet still wet from the waters of our baptism, we have sinned yet again.  Ever dependent on the grace of God, let us affirm our brokenness and trust God’s goodness to carry us through to a new day, with a new name, and a new song.

God of our baptismal waters,
You sent the Baptist to point to your Son.
But too often, we abandon his message and point only to ourselves.
We point to our worship preferences rather than the God we worship.
We point to our status rather than the grace that makes us all equal.
We point to our values rather than the One who has always valued everyone.
We point to our traditions rather than to the One who calls us to let go.
We point to our past rather than to the One who calls us into the future.
Forgive us, Lord, for pointing in all the wrong directions.

(A sung kyrie and/or a time for silent confession can be made)

God of our baptismal hope,
Forgive us when we do not wait patiently for your direction.
Forgive us when we are too patient with our misdirection.
Hold our gaze on your baptismal promise
sealed in the life, death, and resurrection of your Son.
Through the power of your Spirit,
give us the courage to speak what we have seen
and point to the One who takes away the sins of the world.
In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, we pray.


Submitted by Stephen Fearing.

CTW: God is faithful

God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
God is faithful; a new song is upon our lips.
God is faithful; by him we were called before we were born.
God is faithful; through him we are formed to be servants.
God is faithful; the Holy One of Israel has chosen us.
God is faithful; we follow the One who has saved us.
You are the people of [name of congregation]; you are to be called disciples.
Let us worship the God whose faithfulness knows no ending!


Submitted by Stephen Fearing.

illumination: descend upon us

Spirit of the Living God,
descend upon us this day
as you did upon Christ in the River Jordan.
Reveal your wisdom to us as we listen for your Word
that we might forever testify not to ourselves
but to the One who is our Teacher and Messiah.
Spirit of the Living God,
descend upon us, we pray.

Submitted by Stephen Fearing.

CTW: look forward in faith

One: Look forward in faith, for God’s word will light the path.

All: God’s promise is trustworthy and true!

One: Look forward in hope, for God is always doing a new thing.

All: God’s steadfast love will lead the way.

One: Look forward in faith, for God’s glory will shine in the darkness.

All: God’s grace is alive, and draws us onward.


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

confession: under cover of darkness

Your light shines in the darkness, O God, and we confess that sometimes we prefer to hide under cover of darkness, where we are free to participate in injustice, to hurt others and ourselves, to do whatever it takes to get ahead, to operate only in our comfort zone without challenge. We forget that your light of true freedom will shine, calling us to a more excellent way. We forget that the promise of a child is a promise for the future—that there is more beyond us, beyond our desires, beyond our brokenness, beyond our understanding. Forgive our short-sightedness. Forgive our hardened hearts. Forgive our complicity in systems that hurt and abuse your earth, your people, your church, your world. Shine your light again this day, that we may see and follow your path.


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

confession: upside down kingdom


ALL: God of the upside down kingdom, reorient us; for we seek to hide what you would have shine. From our fall in Eden, we have been embarrassed by the fullness of our humanity, and in our shame and fear have hidden ourselves from you.

Forgive us, Lord, for it is truly our kingdoms which are upside down, and yours which is right side up. We need your help if we are to see the goodness of your creation, that we may rightly reflect Your goodness to the world. 

Oh God of light, make us to be Your light, for the sake of Your salvation …

… continue in silent prayer and meditation …


ONE: Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer

ALL: Amen



ONE: Hear the good news! The God of creation is a proud and merciful creator.  We who bear God’s image may also expect to receive God’s grace. Though we have sought to recreate ourselves according to our shame and fear, we may be assured of this: If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation! The old has gone, and the new has come. Know that you are forgiven and be at peace!

ALL: Thanks be to God!  


Submitted by Will Norman, First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta GA