Prayers of Call to Confession, Confession, Assurance, and Peace

These are the prayers I offered and saved in my days as Transitional Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Welshire Presbyterian in Denver, CO

6/23/13

Call to confession:

Our hearts long for God, and we know we fall short of God’s glory, so let us now confess to God the ways we have individually and collectively fallen short of God’s Grace. Please pray with me...

 Assurance:

The God of David, the father of Jesus knows all that we are. In God’s love and grace we know that we are indeed cleansed from all our sin, and sustained by the Spirit. In the name of Jesus Christ, God’s ultimate sacrifice, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

 Peace:

Knowing that we might find peace in God’s presence and love, let us share Christ’s peace with one another…the peace of Christ be with you all.

 

7/21/13

Call to confession:

Knowing that God will protect us, give us strength and love, while we persist in falling short of God’s glory, love and hope for us, let us now join together to offer God those times we need Christ’s help to be the people and the Church we are called to be. Pray with me:

 Assurance:

The mercy of God is unending, the love of God is all encompassing, and the peace we share in Christ is fathomless. Knowing this, know that we are forgiven, today and all days. Thanks be to God!

 Peace:

Knowing the peace of Christ is in each of us, let us share that peace with one another. The peace of Christ be with you all…

 

8/4/13

Confession:

Lord, you know our inmost being. You know all that we are, all that we know, all that we think, and all that we believe. When those thoughts, beliefs, ideas and be-ings turn from you, we long to be placed back on Your path. We pray that our lives might be a never-ending offering to you, and that our sin might lead to more ways to learn and grow closer to your hopes for us. Cleanse us of our sin; turn our thoughts and feet ever toward Your Way. We pray this together in the name of your Son Jesus. Amen.

 

8/18/13

Call to confession:

We come to worship to praise God, but also we remember our own faults and problems. Let us now turn to God in confession together:

 Assurance:

Jesus is the way the truth and the life…acknowledging this we know that in Christ we have grace, love and forgiveness. Thanks be to god!

Peace:

Knowing Christ loves us each and every one, let us now share Christ’s peace with one another. The peace of Christ be with you all…

 

9/15/13

Confession:

Ever-present, ever-lasting God,

In you we live and move and have our being. You have made us for yourself so that our hearts are restless until they find rest in you. We attempt to find peace for ourselves and we come up short. But trying to let go and find your peace in relationship with your presence can be perplexingly hard. Bless the effort we make in faith to find your peace, so that we might know your faith within ourselves. In your Son Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 

Assurance: (A variation on a standard Assurance from the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship)

The love of God, the Peace of God, the Care of God are from everlasting to everlasting. I say to you in the name of Jesus Christ we are all forgiven. Thanks be to God!

 

Peace:

And knowing that God’s peace, and Christ’s peace is within each of us, let us share that peace with one another. The peace of Christ be with you!

 

9/29/13

Call to Confession:

Please pray with me as we confess our faults and failings to God.

Confession:

O God, our source and judge and Destiny. Today we will not hide our wrong doings from you, we confess that we have left vows unfinished, good purposes forgotten, opportunities left unfulfilled, and duties unmet. We have spoken impatiently or unkindly, and done ungenerous things, we have desired what we should not, and lived for things that will die, we have ignored you, who are our life and peace. In your mercy forgive us, show us compassion and heal us. Set us anew on your path, and help us to hear your voice. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Assurance: (A variation on a standard Assurance from the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship)

Who is in a position to condemn, to blame? Only Christ, And Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ advocates for us, and Christ prays for us. Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old life is gone, a new life has begun, here and now, know you are forgiven! Thanks be to God!

 Peace:

And now, since God has forgiven us in Christ let us share Christ’s peace with one another. The peace of Christ be with you all…

 

10/20/13

 Confession:

Listening God,

We often find it easier to talk about you than to you. And when we do talk to you we find it easier to talk than to listen for your still small voice, and we find it easier to listen than to act once we hear your call. Forgive us our failures to talk, to listen and to do. Your love is never ending, and that scares us, pardon our fear, our inattentiveness and our inaction. Move us in your direction and break down our defenses. This we pray through Jesus Christ the ultimate listener and doer. Amen.

 Assurance:

The love of God is indeed from everlasting to everlasting. And because of this I can with full confidence say to you that we are all forgiven. Thanks be to God.

 Peace:

In God’s love let us now share the peace of Christ with one another. The peace of Christ be with you all.

 

12/15/2013

Confession:

As we return again and again to God in need of God’s grace let us now turn to God confessing the ways we fall short of what God hopes for us. Let us offer the unison prayer of confession:

 Assurance:

We know that every moment of our lives is known to God. We know that the coming of Christ into the world set us free of shame and doubt of God’s grace, so let us now share Christ’s peace with one another knowing we are recipients of God’s grace and freedom. May the peace of Christ be with you all.

 

12/22/2013

Call to Confession:

We now come before God to confess our darkest moments, those actions and thoughts we know would not bring God the joy we wish our lives to offer.

 Confession:

God of grace and truth, in Jesus Christ you came among us as light shining in the darkness. We have not welcomed the light or trusted your good news to be good. We have often closed our eyes because your light is too brilliant for us, and then see little hope and expecting less. Forgive us our doubt and our wandering, renew our hope that we might find the fullness of the grace you offer each moment. In the life and grace of Jesus Christ we pray, amen. 

Assurance:

And now knowing that God’s light shines into our darkness, let us now share God’s light in Jesus Christ with one another. The peace of our lord Jesus Christ be with you all…

 

3/30/2014

Confession: (adapted from the PC(USA) Brief Statement of Faith)

In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of people long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom and peace. We daily fall short of these calls on our lives, and turn against our neighbors and our God in fear in anger or in apathy. May our lives find a way to live into the courage the Spirit provides.

 Assurance:

The grace of God is from everlasting to everlasting. In every situation and shortcoming we can rely on God’s grace. Knowing this, may we find peace. Amen.