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confession: upside down kingdom

PRAYER OF CONFESSION: Matthew 5:14-16

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

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

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