Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Corporate Prayer of Confession

For those who are interested - here is the congregational prayer of confession that was used prior to the observance of the Lord's Supper this past Sunday morning at NGWC.

Pastor: Have mercy upon us, O Lord, according to Your mercy and not according to our merit. Blot out our transgressions, wash us from our iniquities, and cleanse us from our sins. We acknowledge our failures for Your Son, Jesus Christ, offered us Your blessings when He told us, “Blessed are the poor in spirit”

People: but we have been rich in pride.

Pastor: “Blessed are those who mourn”

People: but we have not known much sorrow for our sin.

Pastor: “Blessed are the meek”

People: but we are a stiff-necked people.

Pastor: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”

People: but we are filled to the full with other things.

Pastor: “Blessed are the merciful”

People: but we are harsh and impatient.

Pastor: “Blessed are the pure in heart”

People: but we have impure hearts and wrong motives.

Pastor: “Blessed are the peacemakers”

People: but we have not sought reconciliation or made peace.

Pastor: “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness”

People: but our lives do not challenge the world.

Pastor: “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me”

People: but we have hardly made it known that we are yours.

Pastor: Show us our secret faults and keep us from presumptuous sins. Draw near to us and help us to desire to draw near to You.

People: Create in us clean hearts and renew right spirits within us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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