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confession: we cling

Holy and gracious God,
you have called us through your saving waters into new life,
yet we confess we cling to the old ways of death.
We doubt your promises and refuse your guidance;
we choose the power and privilege of empire over the justice and peace of your kingdom;
and we lose hope in your deliverance and give into despair.
Lord, in your mercy, wash away our sin and make us clean.
Give us the courage to follow where your Spirit leads,
that all may witness the saving power of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Submitted by David Bjorlin, Resurrection Covenant Church, Chicago IL

confession: turn us forward

Lord, you are before and behind us, whether we stand in the midst of a crowd or the edge of the wilderness. We look at your path, but sometimes we are afraid and we turn our eyes back instead; we long for what is comfortable and familiar. We hear your voice, but it is so easy to turn toward the many other voices offering a life of fun and prosperity. We pray for your will to be done, but it is easier to just go along as we always have. Forgive us, O God. Turn us forward, and set our feet on your path.    

 

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

call to worship: welcome

Welcome, you who are weak –
here may you find a sanctuary.

Welcome, you who are certain –
here may you be challenged.

Welcome, you who are unconvinced –
here may your questions be heard.

Welcome, you who honor God by abstaining –
here may you receive God’s good gifts.

Welcome, you who live for yourselves –
here may you find what is worth your whole life.

Welcome, you who live for the Lord –
here may you judge not
but give an account only
to the Lord of the dead and the living.

 

based on Romans 14:1-12
submitted by Rev. Doug Hagler, First Presbyterian Church, Phoenixville, PA

 

another confession for September 11

Submitted by Rev. Rebecca Page Lesley, Suffolk Presbyterian Church

Merciful God, you teach that we should love our neighbors as ourselves. We confess that we mostly just love ourselves. We see those who are different than we are and we harbor fear and suspicion. We forget that they too, are your beloved children. O God, have mercy on us.

In our search for safety, we have put others at risk and though many lives have been lost, we have not found the security we seek. Forgive us, Lord, for our misplaced sacrifices. Have mercy on us.

Christ teaches that we should forgive, but we like to hold on to grudges and they become our own weapons of mass destruction. We seek to be controllers of rather than partners in our relationships—even our relationship with you, O Lord. Have mercy on us. Forgive our faults, strengthen our weaknesses, and lead us forth in love.