May 21, 2013

Confession: Proper 5 C

Here’s an act of confession based on the scripture texts for the third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5 C).  It was written by Thom Shuman.

Call to Reconciliation

We think life is all about us—
our desires, our needs, our achievements. 
And, so in our pride,
we ignore the gospel proclaimed to us by God's love and hope for us. 
Let us confess our faulty lives,
as we open ourselves to God's healing grace,
praying together,

Unison Prayer of Confession

We do not want you to know
how our lives do not proclaim your good news, God of all hearts. 
But you have heard the words we have spoken
which injure those we love. 
You see how insistent we can be
in clinging to the ways we have always lived,
rather than walking your new paths. 
We have trouble believing that when our souls are empty
and our hearts have only a small portion of love,
that you can do miracles in and through us.

So, what we need to know is that you do indeed forgive us,
and still love us.
God of comfort, 
let your grace shower us
and end the drought of fear and doubt in our lives,
so we can believe the good news
which comes to us through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon

Do not be sad. 
God feeds us with grace and hope,
God watches over us, and raises us to new life.
You we praise, Holy God,
for this good news of joy and peace for our lives. 
Thanks be to God, we are forgiven!  Amen.

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