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Prayer of Confession (2) | Maundy Thursday (Year C)

The following confession sequence is by Thom Shuman.

Call to Reconciliation
How is it people will recognize us as followers of Jesus? Simply by how we
treat one another. Let us confess how we have not loved as Christ loves us.

Unison Prayer of Confession
Creator and Loving God,
you kneel to wash our feet,
yet we are reluctant
for you to see all the places we have gone
in our attempts to escape you.
You would bathe us in the warm, living waters of your love,
and though wesplash and play in the puddles of temptation.
We have received all thegifts you have to offer,
yet we are tempted to think they are only for us,
rather than sharing them.

Forgive us, Holy One, and have mercy on us.
What can we give you
for all your wonderful graciousness towards us?
As you have broken your heart for us,
may we open ours in service to others.
As you have given your life for us,
may we offer ours to bring healing to the world.
As you have called us together around your Table,
may we go forth to feed a world hungry, not only for food,
but for that Spirit which brings peace and reconciliation.
This we pray as servants of Jesus Christ,
who came to serve us in life, in death,
in resurrection hope.

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon
On this holiest of nights, we have received the good news: God has come
in Christ Jesus, to fill us with hope and peace, to bathe us in grace and
In remembrance, we go forth:
to bring hope where despair resides;
to be servants to those who are broken;
to love as selflessly as we are loved by Jesus Christ, our Lord and
Savior. Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies, via LiturgyLink.

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Prayer of Confession | Palm/Passion Sunday (Year C)

From the United Church of Christ.

Loving God, at this time,
we remember that going up to Jerusalem
cost Jesus his very life.
So we come before you,
conscious of the way religious words
and holy phrases
can slip so easily from our lazy lips
and our hardened hearts.
What do we really know
of your mountainous truth,
your rock-hard integrity,
the depth of your suffering
for love of us all?
Forgive us for the shallowness
of our faith
and the timidity of our following:
forgive us for the ready excuses
we make for going our own way
and claiming it as yours.

Turn us round again, we pray,
by your Holy Spirit,
active within us and among us.
Show us how to be open again
to your faithfulness
and to your freedom,
that we may live
new lives
and be again bearers
of the seeds of the realm
of Jesus.

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Prayer of Confession (2) | Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Another wonderful piece of liturgy from Teri Peterson! And thanks to LiturgyLink.net for sharing this with us!

One: Do you not perceive it
All: No, God, we confess that often we are blind to the new thing you are doing.
One: So often we are not looking, and sometimes we choose not to see.
All: We are comfortable with the way things are—we weary of the call to your newness.
One: Sometimes we see, but our hearts are hardened and we look away, making excuses.
All: But you call us to respond, to live in your kingdom now.
One: Forgive our status-quo caution, our focus on self-preservation rather than on your kingdom.
All: Forgive our narrow vision and insistence that you fit into our plans.
One: Open us to the movement of your Spirit,
All: and give us hearts ready to be generous in response.

sung: Kyrie Eleison


Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL.

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Prayer of Confession (1) | Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

From Feasting on the Word – Worship Companion, edited by Kimberly Bracken Long.

Purifying God,
we grow comfortable with the way things are
in our lives, in the church, and in the world.
We do not always welcome the new life you offer in Christ,
for you overturn our notions of power and protocol.
Sure of our own righteousness, we are critical of others.
Wanting to control our assets,
we hoard the gifts you give us.
Forgive us, we pray, for seeking our gain at the expense of others.
Help us bend our lives toward your own life of self-giving and sacrifice.
Fill us, our homes and churches, the whole world,
with the abundant love of Christ until all are made new.
In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.

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Prayer of Confession (2) | Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

God of the old and the new,
we want to embrace your new way,
but we like the old just fine.
We repeat tired ideas and resist new possibilities.
We hold on to old grudges
and resist your word of reconciliation and new life.
We are too afraid of the unknown to step out into something new.
Forgive us, loving Lord.
Help us to see the way of your new creation in our lives and our world,
that we might be reconciled to you and one another in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Submitted by Rev. Andy James, First Presbyterian Church, Whitestone, New York

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Prayer of Confession (1) | Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

The following liturgy was shared via LiturgyLink.

One: God, you have called us into community, and gifted us with ways to celebrate your presence and to mark our journey.

All: Forgive us for the times when we have believed that our way is the only way, trusting in the words and actions rather than in the One to whom they point.

One: Through words ancient and new, you speak. Through bread and water, journey and prayer, feast and fast, you show us your way.

All: When these rituals of your people become nothing but empty rote recitation, not worth our attention, forgive us.

One: We hear your words of invitation, but sometimes we are certain they do not apply to us.

Reader 1: We are not worthy of your notice.

Reader 2: We are too smart and sophisticated for such things.

Reader 3: We aren’t sure we believe it all.

All: We are not ready, we do not understand, if you knew what we’d done…

One: And you say: You are my beloved, and I have called you by name.

All: We offer ourselves to you, O God, not because we are good, but because you are good.

sung: Kyrie Eleison


Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL.

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Prayer of Confession (1) | Maundy Thursday (Year C)

From Feasting on the Word – Worship Companion, edited by Kimberly Bracken Long.

[allow a lengthy silence between biddings.]

Holy and gracious God,
our sin is too heavy to bear.
Trusting in your mercy,
we lay before you the truth of who we are.

We confess our failure to love as Christ loved…

We confess our covetousness and greed…

We confess our weakness before temptation…

We confess our frailty before the challenges of this world…

Merciful God, forgive us.
Heal us, and make us whole,
for the sake of your Son, our Savior,
Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

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