leader: WE come before God, silently,
confessing our need for change. Ponder with me the ways we have fallen short of who God made us to be.
Most merciful God…
all: God, we confess before you that we have failed to do what you have called.
men: We have spoken when we should have been silent,
women: We held our tongues when we should have spoken.
leader: We are called to care for one another,
to be pastor to our neighbor,
and we have failed.
All: Pour out your Spirit on us once again,
men: ignite in us a courage to speak and remain silent,
women: to cry out and to cherish peace.
all: Help us to remain in the silences,
listening to your word,
growing in your will,
living to serve you.
We trust in your forgiving Word. AMEN.