I go to a rather formal church in which we follow a liturgy. This past Sunday I found our corporate confession of faith to be powerful and moving. This is often the case, but for some reason this particular corporate confession hit home. I thought I’d share it. It comes from The Worship Sourcebook (I apologize. I have no other bibliographic information than what is printed in my bulletin).
Lord, in Your mercy hear our prayer. We confess that it is still all too easy for us to sacrifice our convictions for convenience, Your standards for status, Your principles fro promotion, Your absolutes for our ambition, our souls for shallow and unsatisfying success. How easily we are seduced by power, prestige, pleasure, or possessions – seduced into violating our integrity or harming our fellowship with you. From earth’s fullest bliss we turn to You again, unfulfilled. Forgive us our half-hearted devotion and our double-minded spirit. In the name of Him who refused to save Himself we pray, Amen.
I resonate with many of the confessions therein. We confess our sins to our forgiving Savior. Not only does he forgive us in word, but also in deed in his own body on the cross. Peter writes (1 Peter 2:24), “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”
Praise the Lord!