Communal Prayer of Confession

I compiled/wrote this prayer of confession that was shared at the Ash Wednesday service yesterday in chapel.

 

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

 

We come before you, unworthy of your grace,

Unworthy of your love, unworthy of you.

We are sinners. Have mercy on us, O Lord.

Too often have we chosen the fruit over the garden.

Too often have we bowed down to the golden calf.

Too often have we begged for a sign.

Too often have we declared Caesar to be Lord.

Too often have we demanded to see the wounds in your hands.

Too often have we substituted our image of you, for you.

Too often have we neglected your call to be salt and light.

Too often have we mutilated the body of Christ to individual parts.

Too often have we reduced Christianity to a moral code.

Too often have we forgotten Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

Too often have we acted on sight and not on faith.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

(Silent Prayers of Confession)

 

Heal us now of our sinfulness and of the hatred that divides us.

Take away our hardness of heart.

Open our eyes which are often blind to the needs of others.

Remove our selfishness and our greed.

Give us self-control at all times, and fill our hearts with your eternal love.

O Jesus, we ask you now to heal and bless us, and fill us with your peace.

Amen.

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5 Responses to Communal Prayer of Confession

  1. mudsaltlifebreath says:

    I really appreciated this in chapel on Wednesday–thanks for posting it.

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