Confession: Proper 11 C

Here’s an act of confession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 11 C (especially Luke 10:38-42 and Colossians 1: 15-28).  It was written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies.

Call to Reconciliation
They are there in the Bible: men and women who are as weak, as foolish, as prone to sin as we are. Every page, every story reveals to us our brokenness. Yet every page, every story tells us of the One who longs to make us whole. Let us confess our sins, and clear the way for God's reconciling love to work within us.  Please join me, as we pray,

Unison Prayer of Confession
In the mirror we call scripture, Revealing God, we see ourselves for who we are and are not. We whine about those who are not doing what we think they should, and ignore our failings. We speak words which nibble away at the life in our family and friends.  We step over the poor on our way to get more and more, ignoring their needs.

Forgive us, Reconciling Love. Sit us down at Jesus' feet, so we may learn the balanced life you intend for us. Then, and only then, we can set aside our grudges, to offer our gifts to our neighbors; we can stop licking at our hurts, to bring healing to others; we can reach out and welcome our sisters and brothers, even as we have been welcomed into your heart through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon
Christ Jesus comes to reconcile us to God,  
so we can be reconciled to one another. 
Recreated in God's image, we are made whole.
When we are in Christ, everything becomes new.
Our past is just that - our past!
Do you really believe this—
that your past is done, and you are a new person?
If so, go out and reflect it in your life.
Thanks be to God!
We will go forth and live as reconciled people. Amen.

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