The Other Side of Confession

For the last couple of weeks, the lectionary has been contributing us to consider questions of forgiveness, reconciliation, and now, this Sunday, fairness, with the parable of the laborers in the vineyard.

As I have been contemplating the tension between forgiveness, shame, and kindnes, I revisited the words of the admission we generally say at each praise assistance, the one found on p. 360 😛 TAGEND

Most blessed God, we confess that we have sinned against you in reflected, oath, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole nerve; we have not desired our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we meekly relent. For the purpose of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on the americans and forgive us; that we are able delight in your will, and walk in your styles, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

We say these paroles together at the majority of our rites. But when we are saying these words together, we may not slow ourselves down and consider what these quotations represent. But I just wanted to commend making this petition of acknowledgment apart, and ruminating on each utterance and what is said about God and about owning up to our guilts and faults.

Then, try to flip this prayer over. Woven within these confessional phrases are also converse acts we can take in dedicating ourselves anew to walk-to in the Way of Jesus. In other words, the petition of acknowledgment also implies a devotion of faithfulnes and discipleship. What we admit leads us to know what we can do in busines to Christ. Because sin is a sundering of relationship, the path to atonement calls us to try to repair and rehabilitate our relationship with God and each other.

God of Mercy, we seek ways to praise and devotion You, our goblet overflowing with gratitude.

May we seek to serve you and testify to You, in recollect, words and deed, for as we claim your Name, Lord Christ, we are your face in the world. Let us embody your love and sorrow, and forgo the deadly of segment and hatred of neighbour that encircles the americans and deadlies us.

Let what we have done overflow with the charity of God, certifying, O Holy One, to your presence and light within us, constructing our minds a worthwhile habitation for You, O Savior.

Let what we have left undone be only that which greets our neighbors’ pain with silence, disclaims transgression in the name of our own convenience, or defames the honour and price of persons with whom we disageee.

May we affection You, O God That Heals, with our entire center, changing ourselves in the Name of Love. May we desire our neighbors as much as we desire our own egoes, rectifying their good alongside ours, searching their thrive with elation- charm that You have called us to exemplify Christ’s compassion and soothing for the building up of your kingdom come among us.

May we examine our stomaches, own our wrongs, and strive conversion of spirit, assigning aside the works of faithlessness, that we may be renewed in faithfulness and tendernes, rejoicing in your will for the restoration of the dream You had for us from the foundation of time.

We rest upon your goodnes, O Merciful One, and know that all the good we do, we do by your patronize and aid, by being genuine to your idol that dwells within us all.

We walk by sect and hope, led by the Spirit. Amen.

The Rev. Leslie Scoopmire is a writer, musician, and a clergyman in the Diocese of Missouri. She is priest-in-charge of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Ellisville, MO. She announces daily petitions at her blog Abiding In Hope, and obtains spiritual writings and idols at Poems, Psalms, and Prayers.

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