Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Prayer 1518: Responding to the call to confession

Melchior, Jesus Healing the Leper

Confession of Sin, Book of Common Prayer, p. 360
Most Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with out whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.

Most Merciful Lord,
Jesus Christ,
we bend the knees of our hearts before You.

We have stubbornly clung
to the path of vanity and exploitation:
we have failed to trust in your unfailing Word.
In the face of injustice, persecution, and want,
we have claimed helplessness or hidden our gaze,
to shield us from acting against oppression done in our name
and for our own comfort.
By our heedlessness and casual cruelty,
we have denied the power of your Love
working in our hearts.

Our thoughts and words,
actions and inactions
convict us, O Lord:
but You, in abundant love and mercy,
love us still.

Let us seek reconciliation with you and all we have harmed.
Let us forgive, as we ourselves seek forgiveness.
Let us love as You yourself love us,
even as we feel our way through our own darkness.
Let us give thanks for the love that surrounds us,
and release the hurts to which we cling.
Let us embody your hope and healing in the world,
and walk in light as you have always led us.

Holy One, we rest like children within your embrace:
press your hand of blessing upon all whose cares we lay before You.


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