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.


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. 

Liturgy, Prayer

A spacious place (a prayer)

We gather in this moment to bless God.

Let the sound of our praise be heard. 

Life in this world right now tests us.

We are living through a trial, and we all have burdens to carry. 

We face threats in this life.

We go through storms and troubles. 

Yet God always brings us out into a spacious place.

God brings us to a place full of mercy and love, of joy and community. 

We come together in spirit to bless God, who has blessed us. 

You are welcome to share this prayer
or use it in worship.
Liturgy, Prayer

A prayer for worshiping from home

Holy One, 

We come to worship you. 
We proclaim your glory.
We consider your power.
We ask for your mercy. 
We trust you to be our refuge, our place of safety, our home beyond all homes. 

We come carrying the burdens of work and school and home and family. 
We come feeling busy and lonely and overwhelmed and grateful. 
We bring these responsibilities and emotions with us when we worship you. 
We cannot take them off like the shoes we wear outside and leave them by the door of your house. 

We bring our whole lives and our whole selves to be with you. 

We offer this prayer from our living rooms or our back porches.
We participate by casting onto a TV or streaming on our smartphones.
We are digital natives and iffy tech adopters.
We are all glad to come home to you. 

You are our rock and our refuge, our safe place in all times and places. 
Look on us with love, O God.
Let your face shine on us. Amen. 

You are welcome to use this prayer in worship. The scenes in the image above are from my living room.