Confession: Proper 26 C

Here’s a corporate act of confession, inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 26C.  It was written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies.

Call to Reconciliation

How patient is God!  We run around trying to do everything our way, and God just waits. We try to buy life and happiness, and God waits. We hurt others and walk away from those in need, and God waits. God waits, and upon hearing our heartfelt prayers and cries for help, God touches us with forgiveness and new life. Come; join me as we pray to the One who waits to hear—from us!

Unison Prayer for Forgiveness

Surrounded by so many seductions, Patient God,
we find it difficult to see you in our lives.  
Justice has a hard time surviving
when there is so much persecution and affliction
towards the little ones of the world. 
Our neighborhoods, our families, even our churches,
are filled with strife and contention.

We cry for help, Listening God; forgive us! 
As we wait for your grace to fill our lives,
may we open our hearts to your hope and healing,
always giving thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon

Rich, poor;
young, old;
sinner, saint:  
We are all God's children,
and God transforms each of us
into the people we are meant to be.
Broken, we are mended; 
separated from others, we are made one; 
longing to serve, we are sent forth.  
Thanks be to God, we are forgiven.  Amen.

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