confession: isn’t there someone else?

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake, IL.

One: God, we look at the world and see so much hurt and need.
All: We wonder: when you will do something about it?
One: We look for you, desperately seeking your help,
All: and sometimes we forget that you have called us.
One: We know you can heal and teach and love,
we know your presence is always with us,
but it is so easy to forget, to make excuses,
to look for someone else to do the work.
All: Remind us that, through you,
we too can heal and teach and love.
Take us by the hand, Lord, and lift us up,
that we may serve you and one another. Amen.

Confession: you speak…we don’t listen

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake IL.

on reading 1 Samuel 3

One: Lord, you call,
but we do not always recognize your voice.
All: Sometimes we don’t listen carefully.
Sometimes we’re caught off guard.
One: Lord, you call,
but we haven’t always taught others to hear you.
All: Sometimes we stand in the way,
allowing our voice to ring out over yours.
One: Lord, you call,
but we don’t always believe our ears.
All: Sometimes we believe we know better.
Sometimes we think you can’t possibly be calling us,
or her, or him.
Forgive us, Lord, our unpracticed listening,
our closed ears.
Help us to hear.
Amen.

confession: unprepared

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake, IL.

God, we know you are knocking on our doors,
and we don’t always want to let you in.
The work of preparing, waiting, and clearing is hard.
But still you come, bringing light and life,
leading us ever more into your way.
Forgive our unpreparedness, come into our lives,
and help us to love you as you love us. Amen.

confession: joy vs. cheer

submitted by the Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake IL.

One: God, you promise joy—
and to fulfill that promise you give us many gifts:
gifts of doing justice, loving mercy,
and bringing good news.
All: But we prefer Christmas cheer.
It’s more fun for less effort.
One: You call us to rejoice—
to live with a joy deeper than cheer or happiness.
More than sparkle and parties, a joy that brings you glory.
All: But we prefer our own glory, our own smiles.
Forgive us, O God, our forced cheer and shallow celebration.
Show us again your way, that we may rejoice in you.
Lead us in your promised path. Amen.

confession: we know, yet…

A prayer of confession written by youth reflecting on Matthew 25.34-40.
Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church

One: God, we know your commandments,
we read your story,
we can recite the Golden Rule.
All: Yet every day we ignore you,
every day we forget,
every day we need your forgiveness.
One: We confess that we are not as perfect
as we would like to think.
All: We confess that we often act in ways
contrary to your will.
One: It is only through our savior Jesus Christ
that we can live the way you call us to.
All: Help us again to listen, to follow, to live.
Amen.

confession: in it together

Written by a confirmation class reflecting on the combination of Deuteronomy 6 and 1 Corinthians 12.
Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church

One: God, for running from you and your love,
All: forgive us.
One: For being too cautious,
or not cautious enough, in your presence,
All: forgive us.
One: For failing to listen to you when you call out to be heard,
All: forgive us.
One: For taking your love for granted,
and for not showing enough appreciation to you, O Lord,
All: forgive us.
One: For fearing those different from ourselves,
All: forgive us.
One: for when we feel we can accomplish things on our own,
and forget your or others’ help,
All: forgive us.

CTW: people on the way

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church

One: Celebrating, living, journeying
All: We are people on the way.
One: Fighting, caring, challenging
All: We are people on the way.
One: Hurting, believing, exploring
All: We are people on the way.
One: Sharing, understanding, nurturing
All: We are people on the way.

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