Confession: James 2: 1-17

Here’s an act of confession inspired by James 2:1-17.  It was written by Thom Shuman.

Call to Reconciliation

We know we shouldn't do it,
but we play favorites.
We know it is wrong,
but we distinguish between 'us' and 'them.'  
We know we have nothing to fear,
but turn aside from God's strong love.  
Let us confess together all we have done to hurt others,

Unison Prayer of Confession

How glibly we say we trust you, Holy One,
and how quickly our fears silence our words.
We find you at the side of the poor,
while we cozy up to the rich and famous.
You stand behind the counter serving the hungry at the soup kitchen,
while we are stocking our freezers and pantries till they overflow.
We look down at those whose hands are dirty,
but your hand of mercy pulls them into your embracing love.

Forgive us, O Lord, and do good to us
when we have trouble doing good for others.
Surround us with your love;
surround us with your grace;
surround us with your peace;
surround us with the Spirit of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Silent Prayers may be offered

Assurance of Pardon (John 7:37-38)
Be strong, do not fear!
God comes,
to fill your parched souls with living water,
to open your eyes to the grace which is yours.
God comes,
for no other reason than to save us.
This is indeed good news.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

~ written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies.