I stumbled across this today and I absolutely LOVE it! Far too often, liturgy is assumed to be a one-way street. This confession from the Iona community in Scotland embraces the mutuality between liturgist and congregation. We are ALL in this together! Amen!
Before God, with the people of God, I confess to my brokenness:
To the ways I wound my life, the lives of others and the life of the world
May God forgive you, Christ renew you,
and the Spirit enable you to grow in love.
Before God, with the people of God, we confess to our brokenness:
To the ways we wound our lives,
the lives of others
and the life of the world.
May God forgive you, Christ renew you, and the spirit enable you to grow in love.
The following prayer is from the Iona Community. What powerful language!
We believe that God is present
in the darkness before dawn;
in the waiting and uncertainy
where fear and courage join hands,
conflict and caring link arms,
and the sun rises over barbed wire.
We believe in a with-us God
Who sits down in our midst
to share our humanity.
We affirm a faith
That takes us beyond the safe place
into action, into vulnerability.
and into the streets.
We commit ourselves to work for change
and put us on the line;
to bear responsibility, to take risks,
live powerfully and face humiliation;
to stand with those on the edge;
to chose life
and be used by the Spirit
for God’s new community of hope.
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