Prayers of Confession on Mystery

Pastor: Great is the mystery of faith:

All: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

Pastor: Praise to you, Lord Jesus:

All: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory!

Pastor: According to his commandment:

All: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory!

Submitted by Dustin Ray

Forgive us, O God, when we limit you –

When we remake you in our image,

When we claim our causes as your own,

When we box you in,

And explain you away,

And in our attempts at understanding, whittle away all mystery.

Forgive us for our human impulses, and change us:

Awaken us to your blinding glory,

Confound us by your love,

Shower us with grace so that we will be made new,

Recreated in your image,

Grateful for all that we cannot know.

In the name of Christ, who brought us closer to you, we pray. Amen.

Eternal God, we recognize that Your ways are mysterious. Teach us to be still and to wait for You. We confess our sinfulness, our need for control, and our discomfort with the unknown. Instead of turning to You, we numb our pain with temporary distractions. We pretend to have our lives together when we really feel inadequate and insecure. Thank You for Your patience with us when we are slow to recognize Your activity in our lives. You never give up on us, O Lord. God of grace, You show up in our lives in the most unexpected ways. Surprise us this week with an awareness of Your presence. Replace our fear with trust. Turn our anxiety into wonder. Give us Your peace and joy as we live by faith and not by sight. In the strong Name of Jesus we pray. Amen.