Prayer of Confession: Proper 29C

Here’s an act of confession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 29, Year C.  It comes from Thom Shuman’s Lectionary Liturgies blog

Call to Reconciliation

We know that we have not lived as God hopes. 
But however fragmented we become,
God longs to hold us together in grace and peace. 
Let us come with our prayers of confession and need
to the One who prepares the way for our words.

Unison Prayer of Confession

In these moments, Remembering God,
we bring to you all the ways we have not
lived as your people:
   we stand by watching
       while those in need struggle to survive;
    we cast our lots with those
        who worship power and success;
    we offer insults rather than words of grace
        to those who care for us;
    we scoff at your words
        which call us to a different lifestyle.

Forgive us, God of Mercy,
for not knowing what we do to you,
to others, to ourselves. 
Speak to us through Jesus Christ,
our King and our Savior,
who bears words filled with your tender mercy
and gracious hope.

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon

This is the good news:  God remembers!  
Not our sins, not our foolish lives, not our rebellion. 
God remembers us—and redeems us!
God prepares the way for us:
the way to grace, to hope, to new life. 
Joyfully, we offer our thanks to God.  Amen.

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