Here’s a responsive prayer of confession adapted from Psalm 79:8-9. It was written by Leo Hartshorn.
Responsive Prayer of Confession
(adapted from Psalm 79:8-9)
God, do not remember against us
the iniquities of our ancestors.
Forgive us, merciful God,
for our history of violence.
Let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
for we are brought low.
With haste come to us
for we are bent beneath the weight of war making.
Help us, O God of our salvation,
for the glory of your name.
Rescue us, O Wind of the Spirit,
from the sea of despair.
Deliver us and forgive us our sins,
for your name's sake.
Jesus, have mercy on our nation,
for the sake of God's reign. Amen.
~ written by Leo Hartshorn, in A Service of Lament (adapted slightly). Posted on the Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA. http://peace.mennolink.org/articles/riversbabylon.html