Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by Isaiah 58: 1-9. It comes from the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website.
(inspired by Isaiah 58: 1-9)
Isaiah reminds us that our prayer, fasting and pious ritual
must be lived out in compassion and justice:
When we forget the fast you desire—
To do justice, and stand up for the powerless:
Lord, have mercy.
When we forget the prayer you love—
To show compassion, and care for those in need:
Christ, have mercy.
When we forget the rituals you require—
To create relationships of righteousness and peace:
Lord have mercy.
Words of Assurance
Friends, the love of God revealed in Jesus
forgives us, heals us and sets us free to rebuild, restore,
and raise up foundations for new generations.
With thanksgiving, let us offer one another a sign of Peace.
~ written by Rev. Susan A. Blain, and posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website. http://www.ucc.org/worship/worship-ways/