Confession: Proper 27 C

Here’s an act of confession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 27, Year C.  It was written by Thom Shuman, and posted on his Lectionary Liturgies blog.

Call to Reconciliation

We often think that God is 'out there' somewhere,
distant and uncaring.
But God hears our hearts,
God sees our struggles,
God walks with us as we try to be faithful disciples.
Let us come to the One who is as close
as the very breath we take in this moment
to confess the brokenness of our lives.

Unison Prayer of Confession

We are so easily confused by what the world tells us, Watching God,
that we forget the stories of faith we heard as children.
We are so fearful of tomorrow,
we are not aware of your Spirit with us today.
We are so busy wondering, 'what if?' or 'suppose?'
we cannot hear the promises you whisper to us.

So once again, Gracious God,
have mercy on us.
You know our hearts so well—touch them with your grace.
You see our deepest fears—heal them with your peace.
You hear our secret longings—speak to them of your hope.
This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Silence is observed

Assurance of Pardon

The One who searches our broken hearts
has found the way to mend them and make us new people.
The good news is that everything God has done in Christ is for us,
that we might be made whole.
With kindness, and justice, God makes us new people.
We will sing our thanks through all eternity.
Great is God, and greatly to be praised! Amen.

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