Confession, Liturgy, Prayer

The violence of our silence

Holy Three-in-One, 

What are human beings that you are mindful of them?

We confess that we forget the scale of our importance in the universe,
making ourselves larger and more powerful than we have any right to be.

We take the words of scripture
and twist them until we imagine ourselves to be like you,
all-knowing and all-powerful. 

We bend the meaning of your commandments
by classifying some people as less than human
and therefore not worthy of our care. 

We take offense,
insisting our personal behavior is innocent
while forgetting our complicity in systems that oppress.

Holy God, Creator, Christ, and Spirit,
we want to turn from our sinful ways.  

We repent and confess our actions:
the harm we have done in service of racism
as individuals and institutions,
both in history and today. 

We repent and confess our inactions:
the indifference of our ignorance and
the violence of our silence.

We ask for your forgiveness,
Holy One-and-Three,
yet we still have work to do.

(Silence.)

Assurance of Pardon

Even as we grapple with our collective and personal sin, there is good news. God has loved us, loves us now, and will love us always. Trust in God’s abundant grace and healing mercy and live into the image of God we were created to be, forgiving and forgiven. 


This confession for Trinity Sunday is admittedly a prayer for majority white communities of faith, written in response to Psalm 8:4a. You are welcome to use the prayer or whatever parts of it might be useful in the coming week, as well as the image below. 

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