Leader: God we confess to you that we are a people that keep coming back to this parable hoping for the message to change.
All: Because we like the stuff that we can earn so this is a Sunday we would rather not be here to hear what You’re saying to us.
Leader: We want what’s due to us. We want fairness & equality.
All: And we want it now. We want what benefits us.
Leader: We are like the little kid yelling:
All: “Mine, mine, mine.”
Leader: We don’t want the last to be first.
All: We think that we deserve to be first.
Leader: We confess that we desire this grace, mercy and love from You.
All: But would turn around and deny it to our neighbor, our friends and our enemies in the same breath.
Leader: God this is a confession of self.
All: A confession of ‘me.’
Leader: We confess that we are envious of your generosity.
All: We want it for ourselves but not for others.
Leader: God we confess to you that in life we are self centered
All: And we measure everything in view of what’s best for “me.”
Leader: But if we’re really honest, we confess that we feel guilty.
All: Because we are like the workers at the end of the day who get paid the same even though we only work a few hours.
Leader: That guilt eats at us.
All: Because we assume that you made a mistake if You let us in the kingdom. Choosing to love us has to be a mistake