Apr 24, 2016

Confession: Easter 6 C

Here’s an act of confession inspired by the suggested scripture texts for the sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C.  It was written by Thom Shuman.

Call to Reconciliation

How easy we can learn of God's love - how hard it is to live it!
The world distracts us with its easy choices,
while we know how intentional we must be to love one another.
Join me as we confess our failures to love
and we open our hearts to God, saying,

Unison Prayer of Confession

Because you dwell in our hearts, Eternal God,
you know how the anger, the pain,
the bitterness of our lives try to crowd you out.
The noise of the world deafens us to that Word which can heal us.
We want our children to be good, kind, and gentle to others,
and then they hear us call others names,
and speak of them with demeaning words.
Our desire for revenge towards those who have hurt us
shows that your peace, indeed, is not within us. 

You promise a new heaven and a new earth,
so create new spirits and lives within us, O God.
Shattered by our sin, your heart can still heal our brokenness.
Your Spirit, living deep within our souls,
can teach us faithful ways.
Your Word, Jesus Christ our Lord,
whispers to us of your mercy, your hope, your love.

Silence is observed

Assurance of Pardon

The Word which can transform is not some idle gossip,
but good news for us.
It fills us with forgiveness,
equips us for service,
and sends us forth to love others as God loves us.
In our midst, the Holy Spirit teaches us all we need to know,
gives us what we need in order to be faithful,
and fills us with peace.
Thanks be to God. Amen. 

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