Jul 16, 2013

Confession: Proper 13 C

Here’s a corporate confession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 13, Year C.  It was written by Thom Shuman.

Call to Reconciliation

When we could be revived by God's grace,
 we find ourselves fearing God's judgment,
doubting God's joy in us, 
worrying that God has turned away from us.
Let us come to the One who heals us
and calls each of us by name.
Please join me as we pray,

Unison Prayer of Confession

You hold nothing back from us, Amazing God,
yet we are determined to cling to what we have accumulated.
We spend so much time eating out,
we cannot feel the deep ache our hunger for you causes.
You invite us to set aside our old ways, and walk with you,
but unknown paths fill us with fear.

Have mercy on us, Bread of Heaven.  
We come to the Table of grace and hope, 
not for our personal satisfaction,
but for the joy of recognizing the One who calls us to new life,
and for the grace to share this joy with everyone we meet.
This we pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon

Do not be afraid.
More than anything else,
God would rather turn fetid swamps into pools of crystal clear water;
bonds of sin into cords of compassion;
sinners into servants.
God loves us.
God forgives us.  
God lifts us to new life.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

~ written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies. http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.ca/2010_07_01_archive.html