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confession: under cover of darkness

Your light shines in the darkness, O God, and we confess that sometimes we prefer to hide under cover of darkness, where we are free to participate in injustice, to hurt others and ourselves, to do whatever it takes to get ahead, to operate only in our comfort zone without challenge. We forget that your light of true freedom will shine, calling us to a more excellent way. We forget that the promise of a child is a promise for the future—that there is more beyond us, beyond our desires, beyond our brokenness, beyond our understanding. Forgive our short-sightedness. Forgive our hardened hearts. Forgive our complicity in systems that hurt and abuse your earth, your people, your church, your world. Shine your light again this day, that we may see and follow your path.

 

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

confession: You make promises…

One:    You make a lot of promises, God, and we confess that sometimes we don’t believe them.

All:     It feels like we are alone out here, like we’d better take matters into our own hands.

One:    Your promise of abundant life, your promise of your presence, your promise of a future with hope—sometimes we just can’t see how they can be true.

All:     And yet you call us to run the race, to hope in things we cannot see, to follow though we do not know where you are going.

One:    Forgive us, O God, our insistence on certainty.

All:     Your faithfulness reaches to the skies, beyond what we can imagine. Forgive our fearful hearts, our unwillingness to go into places we don’t know, our idolatry of self-reliance.

One: Reveal to us again your loving presence,

All: that we may grow to reflect your faithfulness.

All sung: Kyrie Eleison

silence

 

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

confession: called and promised

One: You have called us by name, and we belong to You.
All: And we confess that sometimes we can’t hear,
and sometimes we don’t want to belong to anyone.
We like our independence.
One: You called us through the water and into new life, into new hope, into new community.
All: Forgive us when our answer is “if it’s convenient for me.”
One: We make promises to guide and nurture, to support and encourage, to learn and serve,
All: and often we do not keep those promises.

~silent prayer~

One: Faithful God, call us again, forgive us our brokenness, and lead us by your still waters.
All: Help us to live as you created us: for your glory. Amen.

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, the Lord who keeps promises says “I have called you by name, you are mine.” Believe and live the good news:
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God! Amen.

 

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