Prayers of Adoration & Confession
Creator God, maker of Heaven and Earth,
how can we see you in the changing of the seasons?
You fill our eyes with wonder as we follow your patterns,
woven with hope of renewal and new life.
We confess we are not more devoted observers,
allowing our attention to be diverted from your messages.
Jesus, who walked among us,
how can we hear you in the voices of others?
We cherish the love shown to us in your humanity
and seek to love others through your example.
We confess that we are often too preoccupied
to listen with true understanding and compassion.
Holy Spirit, gentle guide,
How can we sense you in the depths of our being?
We are grateful to be made malleable,
able to change as we grow and learn.
We confess to resisting the pressure of your hand,
to not letting ourselves be formed in the ways you desire.
God of enduring love,
we acknowledge that we are not always aware of your presence in our lives.
Forgive us for not listening for the sound of your voice,
for the times we have not been watching to see what you would show us
and for those situations where we have not acted as you were calling us to.
Declaration of Forgiveness
As we observe this time of Advent year after year, through the seasons of our lives,
we remember God’s greatest message of love to us was sent in human form.
Through Jesus, we know that God loves us, forgives us,
makes us whole, desires to give us life in all its fullness.
Receive this good news and live in peace. We are forgiven. Thanks be to God.
Amelia Ware, offered for worship 3/12, Advent 1