Here’s an act of confession and assurance inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 20, Year C. It was written by Bruce Prewer
Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Psalm 79:1-9, Amos 8:4-7)
It is written of old:
“Help us, O God of our salvation for the glory of your name.
Deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name’s sake.”
Let us admit to each other and to God,
that we are in need of mercy and renewal.
Let us pray together.
God of truth and God of grace,
we confess that too often we are nondescript Christians,
rarely very wicked and seldom very loving.
We drift along in the stream of Australian life,
sharing the general indifference and the common selfishness.
We participate in the popular fashions and delusions,
following Christ rather timidly, from afar.
For this our share in community evil,
we seek your cathartic mercy,
and for our many private faults and static faith
we beg your forgiveness.
Through Christ Jesus our Saviour.
Words of Forgiveness
(inspired by 1 Timothy 2:5-6)
Holy Scripture says:
There is one God,
and there is one mediator between God and humanity,
the man Christ Jesus,
who gave himself as a ransom for all.
My sisters and brothers,
in Christ Jesus we have a Saviour who has shared our nature
and known the difficulties we face.
He is our mediator before the altar of God.
He turns to us and says:
“My sister, my brother, your sins are forgiven you.
Go in peace.”
The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
And also with you.
~ written by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Home Page. http://www.bruceprewer.com/DocC/C54sun25.htm