Prayers of Adoration & Confession
Oh Lord, Our God.
You are ever faithful, ever changing, always the same.
Your great love lifts us, brings us here, binds us together in grace.
You are the breaker of the things which constrict us, the lifter of our burdens,
the one who invites us to part with our shame and our worry and our grief,
so that we may stand free and straight once more.
In your presence we are healed of our sicknesses.
In your love we are invited to become whole.
Because of who you are, because of how you love us,
We are called to LOVE OURSELVES, and to love one another
in this endless cycle of life and time.
Forgive us Lord, for hurting you when we hurt and punish ourselves.
Forgive us when our shame weighs us down emotionally, spiritually and physically.
When we turn our faces to the ground
instead of looking up into your loving, brilliant face.
When the shadows promise to hide us from the things we are avoiding,
trying to convince ourselves that when we can’t see you, you can’t see us.
We are children compared to the eternity of your wonderful divine.
We pray that you will continue to engage with us,
and invite us to let go of those things which keep us further from connection with you.
Loving God, you have known us and loved us even before we were formed in our mother’s wombs.
You have called us by name, and appointed us to our tasks on this earth.
When we stray from these paths you have laid before our feet,
Put words of love and healing in our mouths,
Place your wisdom in our hearts
and stand us tall and unafraid
So that we may build each other up,
So that our roots might grow deep,
Fed and nourished by you, and your eternal love which unites us all.
This is the best of all:
when we are empty, God fills us;
when we are disheartened, God is compassionate;
when we are wounded, God brings healing;
when we are confess our sin, God forgives.
In Christ, through Christ and because of Christ,
our sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God.
by Janet Hogan, offered for worship, 25/8