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Confession: come with us

Lord of the Way, you said that where you are, your servants will be. We confess that we would prefer you to come with us, rather than for us to go with you. Too often you are found in places we would rather avoid, with people we are afraid of, doing things we wish you wouldn’t. Forgive our inward vision, and call us to your side once again. Give us courage to follow where you lead, to bring others along on the journey, and to live as people filled with your grace, your hope, your truth, your life. We pray in the name of the One who was obedient even to the cross, and beyond to the empty tomb, Jesus the Christ. Amen.


Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson

confession: just enough to be dangerous

Creator God, you made us to live together with you. We confess that we are sorely tempted by the opportunity to be our own gods. We admit to you that we have tried shortcuts to wisdom—we think we know what is best, when really we know just enough to do harm to your creation and your beloved people. Forgive us for acting so arrogantly out of our limited human perspective. Forgive our disobedience, and give us ears to hear your word, and hearts ready to obey your will. Amen.


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

confession: the same?

“Be of the same mind,” says God.

But we like to be independent, each going our own way, dancing to our own beat.

“Have the same love,” says Christ.

But we are not even certain what love is, let alone how to do it.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition, and look not to your own interests but to those of others,” says the Spirit.

But then how will we get ahead? How will we secure our future? How will we have enough?

“Be one with the mind of Christ, who was obedient to the end.”

We bristle at the obedience—we like to believe we are in the lead.

Forgive us, O God,

for we have replaced you with our own ideals, created you in the image of our cultural and economic dream, and situated ourselves at the top of the heap.

Yet you call us to let go, to be humble, to look always to Christ who emptied himself.

Empty us of all that harms, so we may be filled with your Spirit.



Assurance of Forgiveness

Hear this good news: God is at work in you. Live this truth: God’s grace is more than enough for whatever you carry. Know that you are forgiven, loved, and free.

We will rejoice and be glad! Amen.


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

confession: full to the brim

One: Loving God, the world is full to the brim with your grace,
All: yet so often we see only what we do not have.


One: Joyful God, you call us to glorify and enjoy you forever,
All: yet so often we insist that faith must be cut and dried, strait-laced, and serious.


One: Calling God, you ask for obedience to your will,
All: yet so often we prefer our own way to yours.


One: Forgive our faltering faith, O God.
All: Soften our hard hearts, unclench our grasping hands, and open our darkened eyes, that we may follow you into kingdom life. We pray in the name of Jesus the Christ, who makes all things new. Amen.


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