Sunday Apr 30 2017 Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION 

Had the Lord not been on our side, there would be no rescue.
He made the Israelites pass through waters on foot.
He stilled storms to a whisper.
He cut through prison gates.
But we doubt his power and intentions with us.
Forgive us, Lord. Teach us to see your kindness.

Had the Lord not been on our side, there would be no freedom.
He lifts the needy out of their affliction.
He removes the yoke of shame and guilt.
He covers sinners in his righteousness.
But we seek our own way and self-medication.
Forgive us, Lord. Teach us to trust your kindness.

Had the Lord not been on our side, there would be no abundance.
He set aside glory to take on flesh.
For the joy before him, he endured the cross.
He conquered death and established newness of life.
But we often think we deserve more than we have.
We struggle to reconcile God’s goodness with our suffering.
Forgive us, Lord. Teach us to hope in your kindness.

Our Father, help us believe that our salvation does not depend on our effort or intellect or repentance. You have rescued us, and will continually rescue us.
Praise be to God for his steadfast love. He gives and takes away according to his lovingkindness.

Forgive us for wanting to be pacified instead of rescued in full.
Help us to walk through death and darkness, trusting you to bring life.
Have mercy on us Lord.  Make us people who proclaim your kindness.

Though we do not know the ways of the Lord, he is our good Shepherd.
He will insist on his life for us.
Praise be to God for his steadfast love. He gives and takes away according to his lovingkindness.