A prayer of confession

Things have been pretty insane for the last month or so. I don’t really want to go into all the details, but it is church-based frustration, angst, disappointment…you get the picture. It’s left me feeling very flat indeed, and whilst I’m normally an optimist everything has seemed pretty hopeless.

It was a bit of a surprise then when I found that in the midst of all this I found my mind a fertile place to come up with this prayer of confession (on the train home, no less!). It’s not particularly original, and essentially consists of snippets from all over the place, but it came to my mind quite organically so I wrote it down.


Almighty God, we confess to you our sins:
They are great and vaired.
For too long we have been part of the problem, and not part of the solution;
And for too long we have denied this.

We have said we have no sin; we have deceived ourselves;
And the truth is not in us.

LORD have mercy upon us
Christ have mercy upon us
LORD have mercy upon us

Turn us around from our sinful way of life,
Filling us with your Holy Spirit
So that looking to your Son Jesus Christ,
By whose cross and resurrection we are made free,
We may serve you from this day until everlasting.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.