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Confession/Pardon – Debts

Holy and Beloved God, we pray to you often, asking you to “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” – and then, in the next breath, we turn away from you and shake down our friends and families. Bring justice through the world, holy God, even though we may turn aside. Help us learn from our wounds – and the wounds we have inflicted on others – to turn away from violence both physical and fiscal. Make clear to us your vision, so that we can work together for the benefit of all. Amen.

Friends, hear the good news! God has already forgiven our debts, and repaid our sin.
God’s Spirit fills us with love and peace, and leads us to heal instead of hurt.
Therefore, let us forgive one another as God has forgiven us!
Amen!

 

Submitted by Rev. Lucus Levy Keppel, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bixby, OK

POP: let your promise be fulfilled

O God our Father,
we pray for the world you love so much.
Let all things reflect your goodness and glorify your name.
Let your promises be fulfilled,
so that all people share right relationship with you and each other.

We pray for ourselves,
and we recognize our desires for all the things we think we need.
In your wisdom and love, give us what we truly need today.
Give us the will and the opportunity to share what we have with others.
May all be fed, and filled, and healed.

We acknowledge our sin before you,
and we humbly pray for your forgiveness
and for the forgiveness of those we have wronged.
More than that, we pray for those who owe us an apology,
and we declare our intent to forgive them.

We pray for our lives,
for the life of this church,
and for the life of this world.
Let suffering cease, doubt and fear be conquered,
and guide us always in the right path.

We pray in the name of our great Teacher,
the one who gave us prayer in these words:

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Marion, IA

Confession–on the Lord’s Prayer

God of grace,
we confess that we are more eager to receive your mercy
than we are to extend your kindness to others.
We ask for what we need
without considering whether we have what someone else needs.
We seek your forgiveness
but hold grudges against others.
We want you to lead us,
but only if you will send us where we want to go.
By your grace, we want to turn this around.
We choose to give you more than we think we can spare;
to forgive even those who have yet to ask for forgiveness;
to follow you wherever you choose to lead us.
Receive our commitment to new life,
in Jesus’ matchless name.

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Marion, IA

POP: our heavenly parent…

Our Heavenly Parent, who is within us,
We celebrate your many names.

We celebrate your names and we remember the names of those who have been your hands and feet in our lives. We remember the names of those saints who have gone before us – have labored for your church and who now rest from their labor.

(Pause and listen as we name those saints who we wish to remember.)

Your wisdom come;
Your will be done unfolding from the depths within us.

We think and make notes; we plan and keep calendars and yet your will, your will?
Do you have a will? Is there one right path for each of us, for all of us? What happens if we miss it? Can we miss it?
Your will unfolds around us, just like it did for those who walked this earth before us.
Your will lives within us.
Quiet us then. Quiet our restless, planning hearts.
Let us listen and watch for your will.

Silence

Each day
Each day you give us all that we need.

No more, no less. Although sometimes it seems we have more and sometimes it seems we have less.
And then when we, if we would stop being so self-centered, we would see that there are many that have more and many who have less.
And if we are one, if we belong to one another, what matter is this daily bread to us?

You remind us of our limits; And we let go.

Sometimes we let go. Sometimes we hold – tightly. Sometimes we need you, or maybe someone else with your hands and feet to pry our hands open.
If we were to accept your grand love for us… if we were to let that kind of love creep from the earth into our feet, would our breath catch in wonder at your vast love for us, for us – your holy people?

You support us in our power; And we act with courage.

In “our” power – How little would we fear if we – together – the Body of Christ – small, tall, white hair, no hair, little girls and growing young men, experts and learners alike moved as one – would we find our courage together?

For you are the dwelling place within us,
(Take a deep breath)
the empowerment around us,
(Look to your right and to your left)
and the celebration among us now and forever, Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Beth Scibienski, Community Presbyterian Church, Kendall Park NJ.