Gracious God, Merciful God—
We praise and bless you as the merciful one.
We thank you that your mercies are new every morning.
We thank you that you love to extend mercy to us.
Because of your mercy we are encouraged to confess our shortcomings, our sins.
We confess our distractions from you—our lives are filled with other things, duties and responsibilities, working for peace and justice, that we forget you.
We forget that all we do is to be centered in you.
Have mercy on us, God and help us to mindful and aware of you.
We confess the dividing walls that separate us from others.
We confess that we carefully construct these walls to keep others out—those who disagree with us, who hurt us, who are different from us.
We admit that in keeping others on the other side of the wall, we also keep you on the other side of the wall.
Have mercy on us, O God.
Have mercy and give us the courage to break down those walls and begin to trust others, listen to others, to open our hearts to others.
Please give us the courage to be bold and to move toward reconciliation with those in our life with whom we are estranged.
Have mercy on us.
Gracious God, Merciful God, we thank you for your forgiveness.
We thank you for your gracious and merciful heart.
Holy Spirit, flame of love, we praise and bless your Merciful, Gracious name.
Let us proclaim that you are our God and we are your children.
We praise your holy Name. Amen.