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confession: repent

God of grace,
you promise to make all things new
and draw us into whole and loving relationships.
We confess that we have not believed in your forgiveness.
We have held our neighbors’ mistakes and failures against them,
and we have refused to share the mercy you offer us so freely.
Now, we repent.
Forgive us, Lord, and lead us into a new beginning.
Make us your people again,
for we choose to be reconciled
in Jesus’ name.

 

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

confession: holding on

God of the old and the new,
we want to embrace your new way,
but we like the old just fine.
We repeat tired ideas and resist new possibilities.
We hold on to old grudges
and resist your word of reconciliation and new life.
We are too afraid of the unknown to step out into something new.
Forgive us, loving Lord.
Help us to see the way of your new creation in our lives and our world,
that we might be reconciled to you and one another in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Submitted by Rev. Andy James, First Presbyterian Church, Whitestone, New York

call and response…

A call to confession and a declaration of forgiveness submitted by Rev. Laura Becker, Northminster Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga TN.

Call to Confession:

If we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that we all make mistakes. There are things we do – and there are things we neglect to do – that separate us from God, from one another, from ourselves. So trusting in the infinite grace of God, let us confess our mistakes and our longing for God.

Words of Assurance:

Hear the good news! In Jesus Christ, we are made new and offered the chance to begin again.
Believe the good news! We are forgiven. Amen.

confession: new?

A prayer of confession written to reflect on 2 Corinthians 5, in light of the Prodigal story.
Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church

One: God, we confess
All: that we sometimes like ourselves just the way we are.
We don’t always want to be made new,
and letting go of past hurt, past wrong, past pride
seems like more than we can handle.
One: God, we confess
All: that we cannot do it alone,
and that the work is too important
to be left undone any longer.
One: God, we confess
All: that we need you to come again into our lives,
to bring us close to you, to show us your love,
to remind us what it means to be your ambassadors.