(We prayed the following prayer and words of assurance on Sunday and the words resonated with me. I thought I would share them with you!)
Prayer of Confession
Happy are those who turn away from the counsel of the wicked.
But oh, that counsel can be so seductive—
it draws us in,
holds us fast,
distracts our priorities,
obstructs our capacity to love.
But we seek no obstructions, we reject wicked counsel.
We embrace God’s embrace.
For whatever ways we don’t, we confess.
In whichever ways we sin, we repent.
Hear our prayers, O God, as before you, we seek wholeness.
God of mercy, grace, reconciliation and goodness:
We are sorry for so much—
For words we cannot bear to say,
For memories we cannot bear to relive,
For thoughts we cannot bear to admit.
But you know our hearts.
Relieve us of our burdens,
Bind our hearts not to the unbearable but rather, to you.
So that, in all ways,
We may live in the joy of your salvation
And the delight of your loving embrace.
Words of Assurance:
Praise be to God, our sins are forgiven.
God’s steadfast love endures forever. Amen.
–Local Church Ministries, Faith Formation Ministry Team, United Church of Christ; Rev. Kaji S. Dousa