Confession: Lost and Found

Here’s a prayer of confession and words of assurance inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 19, Year C – especially Luke 15:1-10 (the parables of the lost sheep and lost coin). It comes from the Presbyerian Church in Canada website.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Luke 15: 1-10)

God of wisdom,
we confess the foolishness of our ways,
and our failure to follow you in your paths of right relationships –
with you and with others. 
We have gone astray; we feel lost. 
We have upheld our own interests first, to the detriment of others. 
We have failed to be generous with the poor,
and abandoned our efforts to bring about justice. 
We feel the stains of our sins, God;
have mercy on us according to your steadfast love. 
Wash the sinfulness out of us,
and help us to live more faithfully as your servants. 
We seek your unfailing Lordship
and ask for your guiding hand on our lives. 
You are the immortal, invisible One;
to you be honour and glory forever; amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Merciful and loving God,
we thank you for never losing hope for us. 
When we are lost, you are there on the look-out for us,
bringing us back to you like the good shepherd that you are. 
Your Word tells us of the joy in heaven that awaits us. 
May this joy flow into our lives each day,
and be faithfully reflected into the world around us. 
Thanks be to God, our Great Shepherd.  

~ posted on the Presbyterian Church in Canada website.