a confession after romans 13

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Scripture tells us that the Word of God
is living and active,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing until it divides soul from spirit,
joints from marrow.

It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
In the light of this word, we are laid bare before God.

The good news is that the one to whom we must give account
is the same one who has died for us,
the same one who was raised,
the same one who sits at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.

So, beloved, let us approach the throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy
and find grace to help in our time of need:

Wise God,
you created the world in wisdom,
brought us forth from it,
and in wisdom, you set us within limits.

Yet we rebel.
We think we have no bounds.
We run wild, like prodigal sons and daughters,
refusing to heed you.

Silently we confess our rebellion and our foolishness to you.

. . . Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Loving God,
you created all things from the overflow of your generous heart,
and you ask us simply to love you
and to love each other.

Yet we hate.
We let bitterness grow,
we scorn you and slight our neighbor.
We break the law of love.

Silently we confess our hostility and grudges to you.

. . . Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Radiant God,
you wrap yourself in light
and banish the night with your very presence.

Yet we hide.
We prefer the darkness
and its reveling,
its drunkenness and debauchery,
its quarreling and jealousy.

Silently we confess our secret sins to you.

. . . Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Amen.

People of Hope,
we have entered the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus,
by the new and living way that he opened for us.
He has given us a true heart in full assurance of faith,
sprinkled us clean from an evil conscience,
and washed our bodies with pure water.

You have been forgiven.
Now hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering,
for he who has promised is faithful.

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