Prayers of Confession on Unity

Great and loving God, we know that one day all peoples will worship you on your mountain. We struggle to live into that reality. We turn inward, thinking mostly of ourselves rather than giving you glory. We often hold onto the resources you give us, even when we want to give back to you generously. We forget to praise you for the faithful saints who have come before us, and we long to follow their example more faithfully, as they followed you.  Forgive us, O God, for these and all our sins, as we continue to pray in silence…

Silent Prayer 

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Submitted by Chip Hardwick

Creator God, you created us in your image. You are three in one. From before time began, you existed in perfect communion. Yet day by day, we choose not to live into your image. We choose division, pointing out others’ wrongs, and arguing. Please remind us of our need for one another as we silently confess our sins to you now…   

Submitted by Austin D. Hill

We confess, Triune God, that we do not live up to your call to lead a life worthy of our calling. We are slow to show humility, gentleness, and patience. We make little effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit. You are three-in-one and one-in-three; all too often we are every man and woman for ourselves. We need the grace you give us when we ask. Thank you for being above all, and through all, and in all, and forgive us for all our sins,

as we continue to confess in song or silent prayer.

Sing Come Now O Prince of Peace stanzas 1-4 as Song of Confession


Silent Prayer

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Submitted by Chip Hardwick

Adapted from the Brief Statement of Faith

In sovereign love, you O God created the world good

And make everyone equally in your image,

Male and female, of every race and people,

To live as one community.

But we rebel against you; we hide from you, our Creator.

Ignoring your commandments,

We violate your image in others and ourselves,

Accept lies as truth,

Exploit neighbor and nature,

And threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care.

We deserve your condemnation.

Let us continue to pray in silence, confessing our sins before God and asking for forgiveness.

Silent Prayer

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Submitted by Chip Hardwick

O God,

whose will it is that all your children should be one in Christ;

we pray for the unity of your Church.

Pardon all our pride and our lack of faith,

of understanding and of charity,

which are the causes of our divisions.

Deliver us from narrow-mindedness,

from our bitterness,

from our prejudices.

Save us from considering as normal

that which is a scandal to the world

and an offence to your love.

Teach us to recognize the gifts of grace

among all those who call upon you

and confess the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.

French Reformed Church 

Loving and Merciful God,

We come before you today aware of our own selfish pride. We have chosen our way above your way. We have chosen our opinions over the unity of your church. Forgive us where we have gone astray, help us to forgive those who have hurt us, but we also pray that we would be forgiven for the ways in which we have hurt others. We recognize that we see only in part. Give us new eyes to see your kingdom at work in the world.

Silent Prayer


Gracious God, you have called us to be a unified body, working together that which you have willed for the world. In our apathy, we fail to participate in the work you have called us to do. In our division, we refuse to work with others to accomplish your will. Please give us a passion to serve you alongside one another. We confess to you these and other sins.

Time of silent reflection and confession…

Submitted by Austin D. Hill

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