Not this Saturday a poem in one voice but a confession for many.
Call to Confession from Psalm 131:
O God, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. 2But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like the weaned child that is with me ...
Prayer of Confession:
O God, we confess the damage we do our bodies by those things we eat or do not eat, drink or do not drink, by over-sleeping or sleep-deprivation, by failure to exercise or failure to seek medical attention, by life-draining fears and angers.
Forgive us, O God, and make us whole.
O God, we confess that we love ourselves too much or too little, ignore our families or smother them, fail to love our neighbors or fail to recognize that everyone is a neighbor.
Forgive us, O God, and teach us love.
O God, we confess our sins of hesitation – when kindness should be done, generosity or common decency shown, or risky justice pursued.
Forgive us, O God, and wake us up.
God, we confess our spoken sins – gossip or lies, betrayal of trust or exaggeration, hurtful criticism, prejudiced jokes, cheap affirmations without commitment.
Forgive us, O God, and keep us quiet.
God, we confess the harm we do when we don’t think we will be caught.
Forgive us, O God, and brighten the mirror of our conscience.
O God, we confess our joylessness – not noticing the beauty of the earth or the sweet passing of time, staying aloof from people and animals, letting distractions eat our living.
Forgive, O God, every time we do not open our spirits, our minds, our emotional centers, or our bodies to the blessings you are waiting to give us. Amen
Assurance of Forgiveness and Grace:
Our confession is words. God’s forgiveness is the sweet and enfolding silence. God’s grace is energized hope that sends us forth to begin with our lives again.