Confession: Proper 18 C

Here’s an act of confession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 18, Year C.  It was written by Thom Shuman.

Call to Reconciliation
Our sins are not to be hidden from God. 
Rather, we bring them into the Light and lay them on the Table,
trusting in the One who shaped us for goodness
and will transform our brokenness into wholeness. 
Please join me as we pray, saying,

Unison Prayer of Confession
Searching God, we are so attached to our possessions,
we have trouble sharing them.  
We are so connected to our pleasures
that we cannot feel the pain of those around us.  
We are so stuck on ourselves,
we cannot sense our souls slipping away into the shadows.

Most merciful God:
loosen us from the grip of the world,
so we may feel your healing touch.
Sever us from our sin,
so your Spirit might bind us to you.
Reshape us, redeem us, renew us,
so we may take up our crosses
and follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon
The God who calls us is the God who created us;
the God who formed us is the God who forgives us.
This is the Good News—we are God's new creation.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

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