Sunday Sept 17 Prayer of Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Our Father, we sin against you and retreat in unbelief.
We would rather be in charge of ourselves than yield to your Spirit.
Have mercy on us. Remind us that we are yours. 

We sin against each other and lash out in anger.
We would rather exercise power than surrender our wills.
Have mercy on us. Remind us that we are yours. 

We sin against our bodies and dwell in shame.
We would rather atone for ourselves than be offended by your forgiveness.
Have mercy on us. Remind us that we are yours. 

We confess that we often do the very things we know we shouldn’t.
Our addictions and patterns hurt our families, neighbors and ourselves.
Have mercy on us. Remind us that we are no longer slaves to sin.

Move us beyond ourselves.
Beyond our routines, beyond our frustrations, beyond our endless efforts to satisfy ourselves.
Thanks be to God, who delivers us through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Move us beyond ourselves and into your likeness, and newness, and oneness.
Thanks be to God, who delivers us through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Open our eyes to the redeeming work of Christ.
You are establishing a new world where sex, money, and power benefit relationships,
instead of taking advantage of them.
Thanks be to God, who delivers us through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Teach us to look to the one who emptied himself unto death for the sake of His oneness with the world. In the name of this crucified Christ we pray. Amen.