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Confession: we don’t know what to confess

Call to Confession
Sometimes we must let go of our nets in order to follow Jesus.
Let us confess our reluctance to follow,
and examine what we must let go of in order to follow Jesus.

Prayer of Confession
We confess that we do not often know what to confess, O Lord. We are so consumed by our own projects that we don’t always hear your voice. We know that you speak through the suffering of others, the curiosity of one who needs to know they are not alone, and the opportunity to demonstrate love and forgiveness. Help us, Lord, to know our faults and turn from them. Hear us now, even as we confess our own unwillingness to hear you.
(silent prayer)
Thank you, Lord, for hearing our prayers.
Guide us in the true way of life as we follow you today. Amen.


Submitted by Rev. Zach Sasser, First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, Louisiana

CTW: what are you looking for?

What are you looking for?
A better job, a bigger house, a smaller car, my cell phone.
What are you looking for?
A vacation spot, a quiet moment, my coffee mug.
What are you looking for?
Peace, wholeness, love, acceptance…
What are you looking for?
You, Jesus, we are looking for you, but we are too busy to realize it.
Let us worship the One in whom all things are possible.

Submitted by  Rev. Shannon Meacham, Ashland Presbyterian Church, Cockeysville MD

CTW: season of crowded stores

L:  In this season of crowded stores
and unpacked stress,
P:  we will welcome one another
    as God has welcomed us.
L:  In this time of hurried hellos and curt replies,
P:  we will greet one another
    with words of hope and peace.
L:  In a culture of increasing isolation,
P:  we will embrace our sisters and brothers
    as God has enfolded us in grace.


Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, Lectionary Liturgies.

confession: the condition of our hearts

Call to Confession

Some people say the great addiction of our age is busy-ness. Being busy confirms our importance in the world. Sitting still leaves time to consider the things we have done and the things we have left undone. This is hard work, but it is necessary for our relationship with God. Let us open our hearts in prayer.

Prayer of Confession
All-seeing God, You know the condition of our hearts. You know the words we never should have said and the words that might have helped but remained unspoken. You know the ways we spend our time. You know the things we leave undone and the things we did but wish we hadn’t. You know the reasons our lives spin apart. You know the ways we hold on too tight to what we don’t need and let important connections slip through our fingers. Have mercy on us. Have mercy on us.

Silent Prayers of Confession
Words of Assurance:
Minister: All things are held together in our Lord Jesus Christ. That includes every one of us. No matter what has happened in the past, those who turn to God are forgiven. This is the Good News that brings new life.
ALL: We thank God for it.
Submitted by Rev. Martha Spong