Jun 5, 2013

Confession: Proper 6 C

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 6 C.  It was written by Thom Shuman.

Call to Reconciliation

Too often, we believe our identity is shaped by our job, our status, our good deeds. God would give us a new identity, grounded in Jesus Christ. Let us confess our reluctance to lose who we believe we are, so God can shape us into who we can be, as we pray together saying,

Unison Prayer of Confession

We must admit, God our Parent,
how much we are like children.
We become resentful over the fact
that you do not do what we think you should do.
We pout when a friend decides to spend more time with someone else.
We can turn sullen when our loved ones refuse to let us have our way.

You could bring disaster upon us, Loving God, 
but you choose to give us what we don't deserve—
the grace and mercy of your heart.
Pour out your tenderness upon us,
so Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, might live in us,
and we might offer our lives in service to others.

Silence is kept.

Assurance of Pardon

God not only listens to the cries on our lips,
but also pays attention to the groanings of our hearts.
God restores us to wholeness, and invites us to a new way of living.
We are welcomed,
we are loved,
we are given new life,
we are filled with peace. 
Thanks be to God, we are forgiven! Amen.

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