COMMUNAL PRAYER Blessings to you. Pain we inflict on others, COMMUNAL PRAYER You give us your wisdom and you uphold us by your Spirit. And hear us now as in silence we open our heart to you. We’re caught between the selfishness of wanting to do whatever we want without regard for others, and wanting to be helpful and generous. We turn a blind eye to suffering and need and grief. Sometimes we are terribly sorry, and sometimes we are terribly smug. There are too many horrific stories, and not enough hopeful ones. COMMUNAL PRAYER If we ascend to the greatest height, or if we dive to the deepest low, still God is with us, surrounding us with love and mercy. Loving Creator, we admit that we like to put You into neat little boxes – the God of this, the God of that, the God of these people but not of those people. In this time when there is much sorrow and grief, God is gracious and merciful and knows our needs even before they reach our lips. If the prayer is not printed in the bulletin, you may construct the prayer in your own words. In the days to come, remind us of your love and grace. Open them with your grace. Forgive us, O God, for being so very human at times, and help us to continue to grow into the people you created us to be, through Christ our Lord. I am sorry. Holy God, gracious Creator, forgive us for not seeing the beauty that surrounds us. I love your prayers. We are set free to go out into the world and be the loving, gracious, hopeful people of God! Your prayers are a blessing. ( Log Out /  Sisters and brothers in Christ, the mercies of God are from everlasting to everlasting. Amen. Hello Beth. There are times, O God, when our greatest sin is not what we do but what we fail to do. And we gave it all to You. Holy God, we can be so full of fear at times – afraid of the unknown; afraid of what is beyond our control; afraid of what is strange to us. Alleluia! Listen to our prayer. Sometimes our inaction leaves the world in its sorry state. We turn our backs when we could embrace. I will be doing it again…and again. power and addiction; false peace and false community; fear and anger. As a Catholic follower of Christ, I must make … You are forgiven. The source that is pride, When we ignore the bounty around us, Author of life and Source of all hope, *ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS Out of the depths we cry to God, in our suffering and in our pain. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Let us offer to God and each other that truth as we pray, first in silence, and then together. ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. We know that with you, nothing is impossible, not even our healing, We judge when we could seek understanding. For fear of being rejected when we reach out. Holy God, I have ignored. Forgive our short-sightedness, our self-limitedness, and our stubbornness. Help us to look to the example of Jesus to see how to love. Forgiving another, offering mercy, choosing compassion. May I use the prayers in services – some of which are live-streamed, and/or sent via email to folk who aren’t yet meeting together. Know that you are forgiven, and be at peace. We are invited to walk a path of introspection and reflection, acknowledging both the shadows and light of our lives. One tiny correction – my last name is spelled Neel. So may we love you and neighbor, and follow our Christ, in whose name we pray. Thanks be to God. If you wanted to give me credit, that’s good too. One of your prayers of confession has inspired me as I prepare for worship in the coming weeks. To confess to God is to await – to await that word of grace, of forgiveness, of hope. So shape us, and turn us around, that we will live with blessing and grace and light. We trust that you are with us, walking with us when we stray, nudging us back to the right path, slowing us down when we get ahead of you, and waiting for us when we lag behind. Set us free to love and to live. More Confession Prayers (9) The Sacrament of Penance is the method of the Church by which individual men and women may confess sins committed after baptism and have them absolved by a priest. There was no pastoral prayer to bring the cares of the congregation before the Lord. Celtic Blessings and Prayers These prayers come from a variety of sources, and are a mix of contemporary and traditional prayers, some … The writer James asks, “Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? CALL TO CONFESSION Turn us around to You, and make us whole, we pray. Life is full – full of good things and full of hard things. Peace! We cannot flee from God, the psalmist reminds us. Your sins are forgiven; you have come home. For not loving our neighbor in the same way; We think about yesterday and tomorrow but not today. In all of this, forgive the wrong that we have done, and the bless the good we have accomplished. With your permission, and giving your the credit due, I hope to incorporate some of your prayers in our worship services. Derek Hughes Prayers of Confession October 10, 2017. Elizabeth, Matron Saint of the Favorite Aunties, Magdalene, Matron Saint of Women Who Are Not Believed, Rahab, Matron Saint of the Incredibly Brave, Tamar, Matron Saint of Victims and Survivors, EChurch@Wartburg – 9.11.16 | The Wartburg Watch 2016, EChurch@Wartburg – 8.3.19 Wade Burleson: All That you Will Say I Will Do | The Wartburg Watch 2019. CALL TO CONFESSION Amen. You know us well, better than we know ourselves. We saw trophies and medals; Turn us around from that which destroys toward that which heals and brings joy. Amen. We hold grudges for a long time, and we do not reconciliation with those from whom we are estranged. shalom, Hi Beth, It is hard to work for the good when the good seems so far off. Forgive our sins, and restore us to wholeness, we pray. Let us live and move and have our being in you, O God. Morning and Evening Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer. And so we thank you. Sometimes we fear that when we confess all that is wrong, we will be exposed and condemned. Amen. We ask that we will not be captive to the wrong we do, but changed by the mercy you grant. In our sorrow, we seek your consolation. the kind word that is a testament to grace; Prayer of adoration and confession. Sometimes fear makes us small, and we miss the chance to speak from our strength. . To be participate in the prayer of confession is to admit the truth that all is not right, and that we need God to make it right. We are not right with you or with each other. And we make it worse. Take what is broken and mend it; take what is wrong and right it; take what is destructive and disable it; take what is useless and make it useful. We are glad to name you and give credit! Amen. It is hard to trust and it is even harder to forgive. But really I am not proud of my actions. Shall I site your writings at in apportion of our bulletin? . We saw an abundance of things; Amen. THE ARMOR OF GOD: SPIRITUAL WARFARE CONFESSIONS - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or read online for free. back to your light. For boredom, Pingback: EChurch@Wartburg – 8.3.19 Wade Burleson: All That you Will Say I Will Do | The Wartburg Watch 2019, Hi Beth, like others, I would love to use one of your prayers of confession with my congregation in worship. Friends, let us proclaim the Good News: INVITATION TO CONFESSION May our confession be not a recitation of all we have done wrong, but a public acknowledgement of what is broken in our lives. *INVITATION TO CONFESSION It is in admitting the truth of our lives that we take the first step toward wholeness and healing. Pain that wakes us in the night, Do they not come from your craving that are at ward within you?” Let us offer to God the unrest within us as we make our confession, first in silent prayer. And in humility and hope, we ask for your help to do better, to reconcile, to heal, to soothe, to build up. UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION For judgment, PRAYER OF CONFESSION Hope that you will not hold our sin against us, We know that we sin. Time continues, and our lives flow from one day to the next, from one year to the next. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. When we are weary, O God, give us bread for the journey. When we stray, turn us around. Prayer of Confession Merciful God, You see deep into our hearts and know us better than we know ourselves. Still, we engage in confession, admitting to God all that rests uneasily in our hearts. Most High God, hear our prayer. It is in our confession where we realize our desire for God and our hope for God’s mercy. Sometimes we pretend to be better than we are. You asked for my life, The pain we have inflicted on others, Thanks so much for sharing your gift with so many who need it. Heal our sin, we pray. CALL TO CONFESSION We saw our souls, yearning for You yet still incomplete; Be with us always, and by your merits and prayers keep us safe and sound and protect us. Posted on November 14, 2018 April 27, 2019 Categories Christian Prayer, Prayers of the Middle Ages (Potts) Tags 10th Century, Confessions and Absolutions, dunstan, dunstan of canterbury, litany Leave a comment on Confession and Prayer for Forgiveness Confession of Sins from the Book of Cerne Amen. SILENT PRAYER. COMMUNAL PRAYER I have modified the beginning but kept the end. Forgive us. Everyone was encouraged to have both their worship folder and their hymnal ready, so the prayers could follow without interruption The prayers of confession were followed immediately by the intercessory prayers of the people. Amen. In our full lives, it is often hard to find even a few moments of quiet, but when we do, they are often an invitation to look inward, to the heart and soul. * PRAYER OF CONFESSION We know we do not always live as we ought: We have run from you, For the reconciliation of the world, whose division condemns us; SILENT PRAYER God, open our lips to speak for justice. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Shower us with grace so that we will be made new, Holy God, we know that in so many ways Dear Beth, thanks for sharing your gift to name our pain and sin and the power of God’s grace. We speak when we could listen. Well, one of the first things you can do to have a closer relationship with God is to come to Him with prayers of confession. Violence becomes commonplace, Forgive us, and enable us to forgive in that same way. An agency of The United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries helps local church, district, and conference leaders fulfill the shared dream of making world-changing disciples. Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity, and cleanse us from our sin! With your permission, I’d like to use these in our worship services. When we fail, give us another chance. When we demean ourselves, whisper that we are created in your image. Friends. Let us come before our God with that which lies heavily in our hearts. Looking for resources for worship this morning and was truly blessed by reading through your prayers. Know that indeed you are forgiven, We pray for the courage to admit our fault, Amen. In the season of Lent we are invited to consider how we live as followers of Christ – to look at our decisions and our actions straight on, and to hold them up to the example of Christ, and to make amends. Thanks & blessings to you from the UK…. Let us surrender all that to the One who loves us beyond measure, the One who heals us, the One who makes us whole. We run away, and you seek us. We seek your presence with us in the darkness and the light, And our hands grow limp from inaction. They are at the turning point between unbelief and belief, and they are the continual reminder to us that our earthly natures are very close to the surface. We have caused pain. We follow and we falter; we try and we give up. We know that You love us, that you do not abandon us, You know our hearts, you know our thoughts, you know our actions. Sometimes a choice to forgive opens up a new future for two people. Amen. As a Catholic follower of Christ, I must make an effort to recognize sin in my daily actions, words and omissions. PRAYER OF CONFESSION Sisters and brothers, let us proclaim the Good News: And now we are freed to go out and love and serve. Prayers of Confession • The first and fourth prayers are simple and direct confessions using familiar biblical phrases and concepts, but in slightly different order and wording from those in other prayer books. We are people with unclean hands and unclean hearts. Thank you for the beautiful prayers! Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier: hear our prayer. Beth, after reading all these prayers I feel as though we have shared a journey. We prefer to think about you instead of getting to know you. We have disbelieved your mercy, Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed. Let us pray, first in silence. Awaken us to your blinding glory, In the worship bulletin, I want to give you proper attribution and wonder if something along the lines of “After Beth Merrill Neal, ‘Prayer of Confession.’ Published by her on holdfasttowhatisgood.com.” Please let me know your thoughts on the prayer and attribution. All these things we say in the strong name of Jesus. We pray that you will heal us, that you will heal our world, For children are hungry, We have tarnished the gift you gave freely. This we pray in the name of Jesus, who is with us always. Know that we are forgiven, and be at peace. You have permission! Let us come before God with the truth of our lives. May I utilize one of your confession prayers in our worship July 5, 2020? That You will change our hearts and minds, We invite you into our pain I am done. You asked for my hands, that you might use them for your purpose. See the world with new and gracious eyes, That we forget we are not always right, or in control, or good; In Christ we pray. *PRAYER OF CONFESSION Forgive us our lukewarm responses. Merciful and loving God: when we are ungrateful, remind us of your grace. Amen. To confess to God is do something holy – opening ourselves to the light and healing of the divine. We become enmeshed by our own needs and wants and desires and we fail to see beyond anything but our own little circles. Help us to set aside all our jealousies and prejudices, all of our betrayals and lies, all that adds to the world’s hurt. Endings and Blessings. Amen. We offer the confession of who we are, awaiting God’s mercy and love. Find courage in unlikely place, Make us strong in the broken places, that we will know of what we speak when we offer mercy and hope. I meditate by cutting paper into quarter-inch squares and gluing them down to make a picture. Forgive us for thinking that we are the source of power and beauty and life. God is love. This page is a very helpful resource. So we thank you, and ask for your forgiveness, and pray that you will stay with us throughout the journey. Blessings on your ministry. Amen. Confession and Assurance Enable us to let go of that which does not matter, and to see what does matter. Amen. How impossible it seems that we could ever hide anything from you, or even try to hide something; but we do. Confident of God’s love, let us make our confession, first in silent prayers. Let us now pray to God about those things. To whom do we confess? My apologies for the late response. With respect for each other, with trust in God, with hope that our hearts will want to turn to the good, let us make our confession, first in silent prayer. Amen. We seek your presence, and bask in your love, through Christ. When we box you in, Of course! I have followed my own way and refused to give You the right to rule in and over my life. After one confesses their sins, the priest might give some advice to them and then give them a penance–an act of making amends, usually a few prayers offered to God. We would know you better, so that the burden of sin would not weigh us down. We know all is not right, but we cannot say with certainty what is wrong. ... A Prayer of Confession from the Worship Sourcebook: God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost. A confession of sin, whether said together or shared in a responsive form, should allow those present to acknowledge the seriousness of their sin and express genuine repentance. ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS A Collection of 10 Ancient and Modern Prayers for Lent. *PRAYER OF CONFESSION Alleluia, amen. This we ask in the name of Jesus, who came to show us the way. Trusting in that divine love, let us pray, first in silence. PRAYER OF CONFESSION God of grace and love, here is our prayer: Have mercy on us for the wrong we have done. We confess the wrong we have done and the hurt we have caused. I have changed some of your prayer’s content and form: Holy God, PRAYER OF CONFESSION Merciful God: we claim that you sent Jesus to us to take away the sin of the world, and to say that is to say that we are part of that sin. Holy God, all is not right. For all those ways we hurt you by hurting each other and ourselves, forgive us. renew me, send me out We thank you, Lord, for making us in your divine image. The healing of our relationships, We confess that we have allowed those rifts to grow, Loving Mystery, we have tried and succeeded, and we have tried and failed. Amen. We would rather debate our equals than defend the vulnerable. We are using excerpts from your prayers in worship this Sunday. that you might work through me. that we, like Mary, will magnify you, and rejoice in God our Savior. What is confession? In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! “Come and see,” You said, and we looked around – We admit we make You too small. New every day is God’s love for us, and so new every day is our opportunity to come to the Creator who loves us with the truth of our lives. James Millsaps on prayer of confession and assurance of pardon – wash and be clean; A Message of HOPE – The Wandering Priest on benedictions for Advent; A whisper of Hope – Worship @ Home, Advent Sunday, 29 November 2020 | Prophetable … Thank you, Craig. When we hoard your gifts, that you might use them for your purpose. PRAYER OF CONFESSION That You will put power and courage in our hearts to do your will. I have judged. Lewis, by all means use this prayer and feel free to adapt it as fits your setting. Modern society has lost a sense of sin. Donna, thank you so much for the kind words. to speak out against injustice. that we might love more fully and more wondrously, Amen. O God, hear our prayer. We flit from cause to cause; Sometimes get it right, and sometimes we don’t. Our hearts are hard, O God – Donna. (Langley, WA: Many Rivers Press, 2015). ... intercession, confession, praise, questioning? Hi, Justin – I’m glad you find the prayers useful! God loves us not because we are loveable. So help us, God. Modern society has lost a sense of sin. The apostle Paul once wrote, “I do not do the good I want.” That is the beginning of confession, for Paul and for all of us. The healing of our bodies and souls, We do not love You with our whole heart and mind and strength. Sisters and brothers in Christ, let us proclaim the Good News: This we pray in Jesus’ strong name. But it is not only unclean lips we possess. We know we dim Your light within us, PRAYER OF CONFESSION We are busy cleaning house and wrapping presents. Thank you! Forgive us, turn us to the right path, . Maybe it’s easier to understand sin as separation: separation from God, separation from others, separation from our true selves. COMMUNAL PRAYER Lost and afraid, we become stubborn and intractable. I would love to share your words with our congregation this Sunday . We have disregarded your words, I’d like to ask permission to use some of these confessional prayers as part of our worship service at two small UCC churches in Dale and Redgranite WI. PRAYER OF CONFESSION God of grace and love, here is our prayer: Have mercy on us for the wrong we have done. Amen. INVITATION TO CONFESSION Amen. Sometimes our lives are great and we forget to be to grateful and humble. PRAYER OF CONFESSION God of love and mystery, make us whole. Merciful God, hear our prayer. Maybe we will find the bones of things long dead Prayer Call to Confession to see the pain of poverty. Loving and merciful God, you know our hearts and you know our lives. Does God seem distant to you? Amen. When, Lord, did we see you? I would like to use some in an upcoming service. Dear God, I am sorry when I get so carried away with the busyness of each day, never stopping to dwell in your love. Christ, have mercy. Let us offer up our hopes yet unmet: (The Assurance are words from Bishop Desmond Tutu in God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time, Doubleday, 2004. Trusting in God’s mercy, let us make our confession, first in silent prayer. The source that is hatred, We do not know what we will find there. I came across your site and saw your beautiful, heartfelt prayers! *ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart, for indeed we are forgiven. You count the hairs on our heads, and call us each by name. Give us courage to see clearly. Amen. Am I correct in thinking that you’ve written all of these confessions? Amen. Our lives are not our own, we know – Sin may be blocking you. God, redirect my thoughts to you. We look for what is broken, and not at what is being mended. So often we come to you at a loss – at a loss for the right words, the right deeds, the right feelings. Loving God, Our journey to You often feels like a dance, one step forward and two steps back. More Confession Prayers (9) The Sacrament of Penance is the method of the Church by which individual men and women may confess sins committed after baptism and have them absolved by a priest. Give us courage to name what is wrong when we see it. We look to the darkness and not to the light. For those times when we have not spoken up; for those times when we have not acted; for those times when we have not responded: forgive us. There were no prayers of confession, of intercession, of thanksgiving. You call us to be your hands in this world and we keep them hidden. Amen. Encircled by Prayer 2. Thank you for this resource. The source that is evil, You asked for my eyes. *INVITATION TO CONFESSION AND COMMUNAL PRAYER Your children live in abject poverty, while others bask in palaces of gold. God is not hate, God is not wrath, God is not apathy. Let us go out into the world as people made new by God. You are most welcome. This is the God to whom we pray, to whom we make our confession. God, hear our prayers. In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! In the name of Christ, who brought us closer to you, we pray. Holy God, This we pray in the strong name of Jesus. Through Christ we pray. I love your prayers! 1 Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from death to life, Phone (713) 782-1710. Holy God, hear our prayer. Alleluia! Hear our confession of sin and wrongdoing. ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS Neel, your prayers are beautiful and meaningful. and be at peace. Church used the good we modern prayers of confession sometimes remained silent, God of mercy, you might use them your. 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