a prayer of confession

asking for forgiveness

Gracious God,

our sins are too heavy to carry,

too real to hide,

and too deep to undo. 

Forgive what our lips tremble to name, 

what our hearts can no longer bear,

and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. 

Set us free from a past

that we cannot change; 

open to us a future

in which we can be changed; 

and grant us grace

to grow more and more

in your likeness and image, 

through Jesus Christ,

the light of the world. 


--used during communion on Sunday, January 3, 2021