Call to Confession
Let us speak the truth about ourselves
to our neighbors and to God,
acknowledging what we have done
and what we have left undone.
Prayer of Confession
Your holiness, O God, commands that we confess:
We have neither loved our neighbors as ourselves
nor honored ourselves as your beloved creation.
We have judged unjustly,
regarded others ungenerously,
profited at the losses of those near and distant,
borne grudges, desired vengeance,
and kept silence in the face of wrongdoing.
We long to live in accord with your desire
that your way of compassion, kindness, and honesty
will govern our hearts and minds,
turning us toward lives of peace.
Forgive us and lead us. Amen.
The above words were printed in our bulletin this morning. They are from a worship book called Feasting on the Word.
- “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” — Micah 6:8
- ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” — Matthew 22:37-39
At church today, the scriptures read were ones that I have claimed as my guiding verses — wisdom upon which I try to base my life. And although I am the one who puts together the bulletin each Sunday, I am not the one who chose the scriptures to be read nor am I the one who chose the Call to Confession and the Prayer of Confession. (The bold print means that we read it aloud together.)
Since I do not believe in coincidences like this, I suspect that God is reminding me that I have a long way to go.