Aug 9, 2013

Confession: You are the Potter

Here’s a corporate act of confession inspired by Jeremiah 18:1-11 and/or Isaiah 64:8. It was posted on the website of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Jeremiah 18:1-11, Isaiah 64:8)

God, You are the Potter and we are the clay.
But we are aware that today, and yesterday, and the day before that,
we have lived as though it’s only about us.
We have lived as though we are the potters, not the clay.
O Steady One,  hear now our thoughts, our regrets, our confessions for the times
when we have acted selfishly, as though only what we want, matters.  

Silent prayers of confession 

With this confession, we remember
You are the Potter, we are the clay.

O Steady One, sometimes when we charge ahead
without thinking about how our words and actions will impact others,
things turn out wrong or ugly.  
We think of broken relationships with family members,
with friends, even within the church.
Hear our thoughts and our regrets for the times today and yesterday
when things have turned out wrong or kind of ugly.

Silent prayers of confession 

With this confession, we remember
You are the Potter, we are the clay.

O Steady One, 
forgive us when  we act with disregard for all that you have created. 
Forgive us for over-consuming,
for looking for the next new thing
and throwing away what is still perfectly good.
Forgive us for the ways we pollute and exploit your good earth. 
Forgive us for oil spills and land mines
and many other things we do that destroy and maim your creation.
Hear our thoughts and our regrets
for the ways that we have taken your creation for granted.

Silent prayers of confession 

With this confession, we remember
You are the Potter, we are the clay.

O Steady One,
why did we think that we could be in charge and it would turn out right?
We come longing for a change in our heart, for healing,
for new opportunities to get the order of things right.
With this confession, we remember that the right order is that…
You are the Potter, we are the clay.

~ posted on the Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada website. http://www.mnosynod.org/crosswordsept23-10-clayideas.html