A few of us attended the Ash Wednesday service today with our brothers and sisters at First Presbyterian. This is the prayer of confession we prayed together near the beginning. You know, every day as a Christian is a dying and a rising, a dying to self and a resurrection with Christ, a putting down and a taking up. I trust this will bless you as you begin or continue your own journey with Jesus to the cross.
Holy and merciful God, we confess to you and to one another and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed by what we have done and what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart, mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others as we have been forgiven. Have mercy on us, O God.
We confess to you, O God, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience in our lives.
We confess to you, O God, our self-indulgent appetites and ways and our exploitation of others.
We confess to you, O God, our anger at our own frustration and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves.
We confess to you, O God, our negligence in prayer and worship and our failure to commend the faith that is in us.
Have mercy on us, O God. And in your mercy, cleanse us from all unrighteousness.