Apr 5, 2013

Confession: Keep My Commandments

Here’s a corporate prayer of confession inspired by Jesus’ teaching in Luke 10:26-28, Matthew 22:37-40, and Mark 12:29-31.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Luke 10:26-28, Matthew 22:37-40, Mark 12:29-31)

Jesus said: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

Eternal God,
we confess that often we have failed to be an obedient church:
we have not done your will;
we have broken your law.

Jesus said: "You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”
and “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

We have rebelled against your love;
we have not loved our neighbors;
we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

(silence for personal confession)

Words of Assurance (Titus 3: 4-8)
Hear now God’s assurance of pardon:
“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,
he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done,
but according to his mercy,
through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
so that, having been justified by his grace,
we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
The saying is sure.”

~ from the website of Christ Presbyterian Church, New Haven