Prayers of Confession on Thanksgiving


Almighty God: you love us,  

but we’ve not loved you. 

You bless us, 

but we’ve not thanked You. 

You call,  

but we’ve not listened. 

We walk away from neighbors in need, 

wrapped in our own concerns. 

We condone evil, prejudice, warfare, and greed. 

God of grace, 

help us to admit our sin, 

so that as you come to us in mercy, 

we may repent, turn to you, and receive forgiveness 

for our sins, especially those we now acknowledge  

in the quiet of our own hearts: (Silent Confession)  

 … through Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer. Amen. 

 Richard Herman

You are the God of ⁠

Abundance, Provision, and Plenty⁠


So many do not have enough⁠

So many are burdened by far too much⁠

So many squander what they have⁠

So many do evil to get more⁠

The “many” include me⁠

Lord, have mercy

Help me choose ⁠

Collaboration over competition

Gratitude over greed ⁠

Rest over hustle

Generosity over fear ⁠

Help me choose You and Your ways⁠, always

Time of silent confession

Prayer of Confession for Thanksgiving © 2019 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia,

God of justice and mercy, we come before you tonight in humility. We consider the first Thanksgiving meal, a time of celebration and unity, yet our country is filled with division. All too often, we do not do the difficult work of building bridges and seeking unity. Please forgive

us for the times we’ve made false assumptions, for the times we’ve been complacent with injustice, and for the ways we focus on ourselves rather than seeking you. Lord please help us to see your presence in all of the church. Please help us to find new ways to partner together in service of you and the world as we silently confess our sins to you now…

Submitted by Austin D. Hill

Gracious Father, in this season of thanksgiving, remind us of the truth that every good and perfect gift comes from You. God, we admit that even in our moment of gratitude, we fall short. We feel thankful for the gifts without acknowledging the Giver. We praise the beautiful creation around us without drawing close to the Creator. We sing about our salvation without glorifying You – our Savior. Forgive us. Remind us, oh God, that any good we experience is only a glimpse of Your character. That any blessing is only a foretaste of what You have in store for those who put their hope in You. And that even our lives– the very breath in our lungs– is only there because of Your deep love for us. God, reveal Yourself to us in every good gift, and give us eyes to see You in them. In Christ’s holy Name we pray. Amen

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church

Loving God, you show us grace and mercy, again and again and again. You shower gifts on us that we could never earn, and you are slow to punish us when we most deserve it. All too often, we forget to give you thanks. We take your grace for granted, and we assume your mercy will always be there. Even worse, we are so slow to share your grace and mercy with others, out of gratitude for what you have done for us in Jesus Christ.  Forgive us for these and all our sins, as we continue to pray in silence…

Silent Prayer 

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.

Heavenly father, your faithfulness and love endure forever, yet our gratitude fades on a daily basis. For your blessings that we see and fail to acknowledge, please forgive us. For your blessings that we fail to see and fail to acknowledge, please also forgive us. Lord of goodness, please open our eyes to all that you do as we silently confess our sings to you now…

Submitted by Austin D. Hill

Eternal and Almighty God, To You is due all our praise and thanksgiving. You are a gracious, loving Lord! But we create false gods we choose to worship. Money, power, and pleasure guide our steps, not Your life-giving Holy Spirit. We put our trust in our efforts, not in Your grace and truth. We value what our culture offers, not the clear teachings of Scripture. Forgive us for our idolatry, O God. Help us to live as Your Son’s disciples to the glory and honor of Your name. Through Christ we pray. Amen.

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church

Inspired by Matthew 8

Lord God,
We confess the smallness of our faith.
At those times when our lives seem stormy
we worry that you are asleep and don’t care about what happens to us.
When things are going well, we are quick to take the credit
and slow to give you thanks.
We have not loved you with our whole heart and we have not loved our neighbour as ourselves.
There are times when we are so focussed on our needs
That we miss the ways that you want to bless others through us.
You are the God who commands the winds and the waves
Yet you are also the God who draws near to us in love
Renew us with your Holy Spirit, draw us out of ourselves and deeper into your love
For Jesus’ sake

Jacob Traeger

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