By Stephen W. Hiemstra
We praise you for the beauty of the earth, the freshness of the wind, the crispness of the sea, and the warmth of dry earth. You have created heaven and earth for your glory and our benefit—thank you.
We confess that too often we say one thing and do another. Save us from our own hypocrisy.
We confess that too often we have overlooked the needs of our neighbors and preached about their shortcomings. Convert our hearts to your truth that we might display your grace.
We confess that too often we have acted too quickly out of prejudice and veiled your mercy. Grant us gracious hearts and open minds. We confess that too often we have focused on ourselves and sheltered ourselves from others. Teach us hospitality.
We confess that too often we have resisted change out of stubbornness and neglected the needs of our own youth. Give us eyes that see and ears that listen.
We confess that too often we have judged too quickly and judge imprudently. Grant us the mind of Christ.
Forgive us our many sins. Guide us in making recompense. Heal the wounds that separate us from one another and restore us to your kingdom.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit and in Jesus’ precious name, Amen.