Pentecost Prayers of Confession   4 comments

Holy Spirit Fresco, St. Charles Church, Vienna, Austria

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Loving God, we confess that we have stifled your Spirit within us.

You have sent us the Spirit of love, but we have preferred to hate those who oppose us.

You have sent us the Spirit of joy, but we have taken your gifts for granted and been ungrateful.

You have sent us the Spirit of peace, but we have allowed our selfishness to cause division and disharmony.

You have sent us the Spirit of patience, but we have been worried and anxious when we have not seen immediate results from our efforts, or evidence of your love.

You have sent us the Spirit of kindness, but we have been indifferent to other people’s needs.

You have sent us the Spirit of goodness, but through thoughtlessness, as well as our deliberate wrongdoing, we have sinned.

You have sent us the Spirit of faithfulness, but we have been fickle in our resolve, unreliable disciples of Jesus.

You have sent us the Spirit of gentleness, but we have been insensitive to the feelings of others.

You have sent us the Spirit of self-control, but we have lived recklessly, without disciplining ourselves.

Forgive us, merciful God.

Teach us how much we need the power of your Spirit in our lives; and breathe new life into us; for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

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From the Book of Common Worship (1993), of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

Almighty God, you poured your Spirit upon gathered disciples creating tongues, open ears, and a new community of faith.  We confess that we hold back the force of your Spirit among us.  We do not listen to your word of grace, speak the good news of your love, or live as a people made one in Christ.

Have mercy on us, O God.  Transform our timid lives by the power of your Spirit, and fill us with a flaming desire to be your faithful people, doing your will for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Almighty God, we confess that we have sinned against you:  for we have denied your saving presence in our lives, and we have grieved your Holy Spirit.  Come to us in the fire of your love, and set our minds on the things of the Spirit, that we may bear the Spirit’s fruit in love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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