Advent Confession: God's Light

Here’s an act of confession for Advent from Thom Shuman’s Lectionary Liturgies blog.

Call to Reconciliation 

God is the witness to our lives,
the One who sees all we do and fail to do,
the One who hears what we say, and don't.
God is also the One who cleanses us,
who makes us pure,
who forgives us.
Join me as we pray to our God,

Unison Prayer of Confession 

Refining God,
it is not easy for us to admit we are not a blameless people.
We trust the promises of politicians,
but have trouble believing the ones you have made.
We find ourselves captive to emotions and lusts which stun us,
but doubt you can save us.
We prefer the shadowy streets of the world,
rather than walking in your Light. 

Forgive us, Faithful One.
May the Light of Christ show us your way;
may the Love of Christ overflow from our lives to others;
may the Life of Christ be our model as we seek to be your people. 

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon

Do you feel it?
God's tender mercy rests on you, heals you, transforms you.
Do you see it?
God's Light breaks into our lives, and shows us the way.
Renewed and made whole,
we see the path God has prepared for us—
the way of peace,
   the way of hope,
      the way of grace,
         the way of service.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

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