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confession: overwhelmed

God of Life…
we are often overwhelmed…
overwhelmed by our own needs;
overwhelmed by our own schedules;
overwhelmed by the summer heat;
overwhelmed by our own responsibilities.
We read the stories of Jesus,
and see that he was overwhelmed, at times, too.
People followed him everywhere.
People wanted from him.
People begged for him to do.
And he gave…and he did.
But he also stopped…rested…reflected…relaxed.
We know we are created to care for others.
And we know we are created to care for ourselves.
So help us to find balance…and to live it…
even now…as we offer to you our silent confessions…

Submitted by Scott Cervas, pastor at Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church (Lexington, KY)

confession: dividing humanity

Bringer of peace, we confess we call holy places of sterile stone and dead wood instead of being built into a temple of living hearts and helping hands. Forgive us for dividing humanity when you have joined all together with the cross. May we build on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone. Hear us as we move our hearts so they may be your home…

 Submitted by Rev. Christy Ramsey, Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church, Akron, Ohio

ctw: no longer aliens

(based on Ephesians 2:11-22)

You are no longer aliens.
We are citizens with the saints.
You are no longer strangers.
We are members of the household of God.
Here we are built into the dwelling place of God! Alleluia!

Submitted by Rev. Christy Ramsey, Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church, Akron, Ohio