Helpless we to save ourselves from a fate
A million times worse than death, this weight
Of sin and crushing guilt and burning shame —
Heavy this burden on this mortal frame.
Hear, O God, this hard confession we make,
Where all our false foundations tremble and shake —
In our distress, deliver us from our chains,
Hands surrendering hearts and hurts and reins.
Heavenly Father of all the saved,
Let us respond to your goodness in gratitude and service.
Shore up your church as we depend upon one another and ultimately upon your power.
Help us to see the white field ready for harvest that Jesus seeks to show us.
Thank you for the gifts from the Holy Spirit for your church. May we use them for your glory.
We seek the blessing from obedience to your commands. Keep us from ignoring any of them.
Protect us from the evil one and deliver us from temptation. Let us not accept excuses for ourselves.
May tongues confess the Lord, and hands work with joy for your kingdom.
Lord God, we have sinned. We plead forgiveness.
We confess that we have squandered our time, our energies, our resources on fleeting things. We acknowledge that your kingdom has been put in second place. We realize that we have failed to obey the Lord Jesus by proclaiming his salvation with every creature in this world.
We admit that we know Disney better than Daniel. We have sought out hilarity more than holiness. Seriousness and dedication are lacking. We’d rather shop the aisles of our favorite store than share the gospel with our neighbor.
Forgive us, Lord, and turn us from our sins.
We paint ourselves into a corner, Lord,
And then complain that you have cramped our style.
Aren’t we cute? And cheeky? And perverse?—
Our great transgressions go from bad to worse.
We fall upon our faces, Lord, defiled—
The brush of sin we can ill afford.
A day for you is like a thousand years,
And a thousand years, a day; above all time,
You do not count the passing hours like man;
Nor sight is lost of promise, but every word
Fulfilled according to your eternal plan.
The power and glories of heaven are fully yours,
But still you see and care for the smallest bird,
And man—of all creation the most sublime.
Awry we’ve gone, our bundle of failures and fears,
My people and with them I as well, a prime
Example—You do not cast us off; your hand
Is ever upon us—hear and forgive us, Lord.
What windows look upon your face,
Through darkest hour and hardest race,
Where can we see the upward turn? —
Your sovereign hand we’d soon discern.
I see the waves and howling wind,
The chilly vale where men walk blind,
And fail, in swelling pride, to heal —
I most believe the fear I feel.
Till Jesus comes, will I have faith?
Or will I be an object of wrath?
My will to endure, O Lord, is small —
Along the way let me not fall.
Oh, God, I killed a harmless pigeon,
I heard its bones crunch under my tires —
My car moved slowly, no intent
To harm the creature — he failed to fly.
How many times, in stupor, have I
Been on my selfish passions bent —
To die for feeding on wild desires —
Crushed under wheels of false religion?
Here, O God, I stand in all my need —
I, stripped of strength, no good or perfect deed
To offer up — only a heart impressed
With love’s own gift, with grace unsurpassed,
With mercy’s invitation in my breast —
I throw myself before you, all my past
Mistakes and present sins disowned, confessed.
Our Father who reigns from heaven, we try and fail; we make the effort and fall short; in spite of doing our best, we stumble and leave so much undone.
Help us to keep from making our failures a reason for quitting.
Make us see that our failures are even more reason to plow ahead in the faith, to stubbornly strive for the Kingdom, to take the next step, and the next, and the next.
We ask forgiveness, O Lord, for our sins; we need the cleansing that only Jesus’ blood can provide; we confess our need.
Shore up our weak points; strengthen our fallen hands; put a bounce back in our step.
Let your joy return to us. Settle your peace upon us. Surround us with your love, so that it may irradiate outward to all.
Thank you for your faithfulness to your people.
Most holy and righteous God, the story of Jesus motivates us to abandon our sins and accept the offer of forgiveness. No story is so touching, so moving, so disturbing, as his. No message reaches us on so many levels as the Good News. Here is the change and hope we’ve been searching for! Continue reading
Your name, and all it represents, lightens my heart, O Lord, as I consider your power and goodness. I trust in you and know that the world is in your hands. You care for me, because I seek you, to do your will. Continue reading
What have we done, O God?! Forgive our rebellion, remove our sin of self-enthronement!
Purify our hearts and motives. Purge our minds of wavering doubts.
Let love reign supreme. Let our devotion be single and exclusive.