Prayers of Adoration & Confession
God of mystery,
Who made the depths of the sea, the distance of the planets, and the intricacies of all creation,
You care for all who suffer,
You hear the cry of all who are poor,
You guide all who are lost or afraid,
Spirit of wisdom,
Who breathed life into creation, into the early church, and still breathe in us today,
You reveal God’s truth,
You heal the wounded,
You lead those in times of trouble,
Christ with us,
Light of the world, who lived among us, teaching, healing, and challenging those in power.
You show us how to live,
You speak words of wisdom,
You inspire us with your commitment to justice.
Creator, Spirit and Christ,
Forgive us for those times we have turned away.
Ignoring the suffering of others – strangers or friends.
Maybe we are too busy to notice,
Maybe we don’t know what to do,
Maybe we don’t want to cause trouble,
Maybe we are afraid,
Loving God, Forgive us.
Fill us with your spirit of compassion, give us strength and confidence.
Help us to hear you, to see your vision for the world, and to follow where you lead.
Sisters and brothers,
God calls us to be salt for the earth, to be light for the world.
Do not live in fear. God loves us beyond our imagining, even when we are in despair.
In Christ, through Christ and because of Christ, our sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God.
Natalie Sims, offered for worship, Epiphany 5A, 9/2/2020