Prayers of Confession on Shepherd
Gracious God, your Son Jesus came not be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. He is our Good Shepherd, whose leadership is less about the love of power, and more about the power of love. This same Jesus called us to follow Him, to lead as He did, to serve as He served, showing others His Kingdom way of life. But we need your forgiveness for thoughtless words, said without love, for hurried decisions, made without your wisdom, for destructive moments, when anger tore, for selfish motives, when our power wounded another. By your mercy, focus our eyes on you, Lord Jesus, And tune our ears to your Holy Spirit. Let our greatest passion be compassion, our greatest strength be love, So that in leading, we never fail to follow You, Through Christ our Lord we pray, Amen.
Submitted by Dustin Ray
Shepherd God, forgive us for going astray, again and again and again. You seek us out, always looking for us no matter where we are and no matter what we have done. Sometimes we take you for granted and forget to say thank you.” Other times we are fully embraced by your love but don’t reality it could possibly be true. Forgive us, O God, for these and all of our sins, as we confess in silence…
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Submitted by Chip Hardwick
Gracious God, on Sundays we come to this place and you fill us up with your goodness and light and we are renewed. But when we go out into the world, we fall short in so many ways. We confess that we are easily influenced by temptations and we fall prey to all kinds of sins. We are broken people who constantly lose focus on the cross of Christ. Forgive us for taking for granted the gift of the sacrifice of Your Son on our behalf. Thank you for being the Good Shepherd who always brings us back. Please transform our hearts and lives to live every day in the image of Your Son, Jesus. In Whose name we pray, Amen.
To You, Present Lord—Emmanuel—the One who is with us, we confess:
In hearing Your voice, we have closed our ears.
In sensing Your leading, we have turned away.
In feeling Your presence, we have hidden from You.
We have sinned in closing:
Our hands to the hungry, poor, and needy.
Our hearts to the hurting and hopeless.
Our love and lives to our neighbors.
Good and Merciful Shepherd, we ask:
Snatch us from our sin.
Guide us into Your love.
Lead us in paths of righteousness, for Your name’s sake.
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