Evening Prayer of Confession   Leave a comment

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Above:  Pelicans Flying and Evening Sun

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Prayer Source = A Book of Worship for Free Churches (1948), General Council of the Congregational Christian Churches in the United States

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From “A Vesper Service”:

O thou whose chosen dwelling is the heart that longs for thy presence and humbly seeks thy love, we come to thee as the day declines and the evening shadows fall.

We acknowledge and confess that we have sinned in thought and word and deed; we have not loved thee with all our heart and soul, with all our mind and strength; we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves.  Deepen within us our sorrow for the wrong we have done, or for the good we have left undone.

But thou, O Lord, art full of compassion, and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy; there is forgiveness with thee.  Restore us to the joy of thy salvation; bind up that which is broken; give light to our minds, strength to our wills, and rest to our souls.  Speak to each of us the word that we need, and let thy word abide with us till it has wrought in us thy holy will.

–Pages 17 and 18

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