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                                                                                     Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Reformation Sunday

Prayers of Confession for Reformation Day

Lord, thou whose Son didst pray that all thy children might be one in thee, we come with repentance for the sin of useless division and for the secret vice of pride. We beg forgiveness for harsh judgment, for prejudice nourished as a virtue, for self-will, for scorn of others, whose experience before thee is as valid as our own. For all mean attitudes, for all denial of the worth of other views, for all exclusiveness which has kept out men of good will, receive our contrition and heal us of the sin which keeps us apart. Teach us what it means to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 

Open our eyes to the insight of others. Help us to appreciate those of other lands and of other races, who. differing from us in much, are yet one with us in faith. For problems beyond our minds to solve, grant us patience. For tasks too great for our weak hands, give us faith. For all tedious steps in discovering thy way and thy will for thy church, endow us with necessary grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

George Stewart, A Face to the Sky, adapted


Lord, you whose Son did pray that all your children might be one, we come with repentance for the sin of useless division and for the secret vice of pride. We beg forgiveness for harsh judgment, for prejudice nourished as a virtue, for self-will, for scorn of others, whose experience before you is as valid as our own. For all narrow minded attitudes, for all denial of the worth of other views, for all exclusiveness which has kept out men of good will, receive our forgiveness and heal us of the sin which keeps us apart. Teach us what it means to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 

Open our eyes to the insight of others. Help us to appreciate those of other lands and of other races, who, differing from us in much, are yet one with us in faith. For problems beyond our minds to solve, grant us patience. For tasks too great for our weak hands, give us faith. For all tedious steps in discovering your way and your will for your church, endow us with necessary grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

George Stewart, A Face to the Sky, adapted, Language Modernized by Stuart Strachan Jr.