All: Holy God, we wonder, who will be welcome in your home?
We sometimes struggle to sort out what it means to be good,
whose rules to follow –
yours or ours?
We know you want us to do the right thing,
but we hedge a bit about what that means,
explaining how life is different,
and the world is complicated,
excusing our compromises.
We find it hard to be honest when it matters,
and easy to be harsh when kindness is what’s needed.
We use our power for our own benefit and overlook the ways we could help the people who really need us.
Yet we know what is good:
to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with you.
We want to do better. Forgive us, we pray.
One: Beloved, God forgives us, and welcomes us back into relationship, and makes a place for us. This is the good news that brings new life.
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