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A Litany of Compassion

I promise to see you as a beloved child of God.
We promise to see each person as a beloved child of God.
I promise to listen to you and not assume I know your story.
We promise to listen to each other and hear your stories.
I promise to love you and support you living your life.
We promise to love each other and support each one in living our own lives.
Let us embody the words of 1 John 4:11.
“Friends, since God loves us so much, we also ought to love one another.” Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Susannah DeBenedetto, Christ Congregational Church and Takoma Park Presbyterian Church

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)