Confession: Love the Lord your God

Here’s a prayer of confession based on Mark 12:29-31 (see also Matthew 22:37-40).  It was written by Jeff Shrowder.

Prayer of Confession
(based on Mark 12:29-31, Matthew 22:37-40)

God of mercy and truth,
we have strayed from you in thought, word and deed:
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have disregarded what is holy
trying to satisfy ourselves
by our own means . . .
Christ have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves:
and feel helpless against those
who seek to frustrate the hopes of the poor
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

O God,
who is a God like you,
a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger,
and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness?
Lord God;
be our refuge and our deliverance;
by the presence and power of your Spirit,
change us so that we may delight in your desire to do justice,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

— written by Jeff Shrowder, and posted on The Billabong website. For use in worship, with the following acknowledgement: Copyright © Jeff Shrowder 2000.