Nov 23, 2012

Confession: Psalm 24: 1-5

Here’s a prayer of confession based on Psalm 25:1-4.  It was written by Moira Laidlaw.

Prayer of Confession
(based on Psalm 25: 1-4)

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
I put my trust in you,O God,
do not let me be put to shame; 
do not let my enemies exult over me.
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; 
let those be ashamed who neglect your faithfulness,
and who act with evil intent. 
Teach me your ways, O God
and guide me in your paths. 

We bring to mind these things for which we are ashamed—- 
for wilfully acting with less than good intentions— 
for abusing the faithfulness of God by our failure to live faith-full lives.

A time of silence to reflect on these words

Forgive us, O God—
cleanse our hearts and minds
of all that prevents us from loving you
and loving our neighbour.
May our lives be marked by faith active in love
as we watch and wait for your breaking into our world once more.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

Assurance of Forgiveness
(1Thessalonians 3:12-13)
The apostle Paul prayed that “the Lord may make our love overflow for each other and for everyone.... that the Lord may strengthen our hearts in holiness so that we will be blameless before God.” The good news therefore, is this: in and through Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God! 

~ written by Moira Laidlaw,  and posted on Liturgies Online.