Observance of a holy Lent…a holy Life

Cross ColorfulMost holy and merciful Father:
We confess to you and to one another,
and to the whole communion of saints
in heaven and on earth,
that we have been led astray by our own fault
in thought, word, and deed;
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
Have compassion on us, Lord.

We have been unmoved by your call to serve,
as Christ served us.
We have not prized the mind of Christ.
We have trivialized your Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We confess to you, Lord, all our past disloyalty:
The pride, duplicity, and impatience of our lives,
We confess to you, Lord.

cross2Our unrestrained appetites, addictions and selfish ways,
our manipulation of other people,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our anger at our own imperfections, and our envy
of those more privileged than ourselves,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our entitlements for worldly goods and comforts,
and our dishonesty in daily life and work,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our prayerlessness and self-indulgent worship,
and our failure to mention the faith that is in us,
We confess to you, Lord.

For the offenses we have committed:
For being callous to human need, tragedy and suffering,
and our indifference to injustice and retaliation,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

cross 4For all false judgments, for unkind thoughts
toward others, and for our prejudice
and hatred toward those who are not like us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For our toxic waste and pollution of your creation,
and our lack of concern for those who come after us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

Restore us, holy Lord,
and let your wrath depart from us;
Graciously hear us, for your mercy is boundless.

Undertake in us again the work of your salvation,
That we may show forth your beauty in all the world.

Through the Incarnation, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Exaltation of the Son of God: transform lives, renew your church and engage our culture under the benevolence of your right to rule the nations now as King.

About Michael Welchert

My wife Diana and I have been married since 1985 and have five wonderful children. I have been in ministry since 1980 and we currently reside in the Denver, CO area.
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