Each week in our Sunday services, liturgists lead the people in a congregational Prayer of Confession. This is a time of corporate confession, where we confess our sins before God and ask for His forgiveness. The prayers are (almost always) written by MDPC staff.
Sun, October 1
Lord God, You love us, and You call us to love You. You show us great compassion and patience. Yet we fail to have compassion and patience with those struggling and in great need. We see them as less than us. We see them as obstacles in our way. We see them as drains on our resources. We fail to recognize our shared need for grace in every day, every hour, and every minute. Forgive us for our pride, self-centeredness, and inability to see things as they really are. Renew and restore us as followers of Jesus Christ who are saved by grace and live each day by grace. Through Christ we pray. Amen.
Sun, September 24
Holy, just, and gracious God, we count ourselves among those who have sinned and fall short of Your glory. We have neglected to worship You and made idols for ourselves that are unworthy of worship. We have not sought first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. We have not been content with our daily bread, or loved our neighbors well. We have run toward temptation and not away. The very sins we judge in others we have committed ourselves. We confess our sins to You and plead the blood of Christ as our one defense. We ask You to forgive us, for we need Your mercy and we long to be cleansed and restored. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
Sun, September 17
Almighty God, You are exceedingly gracious and merciful. You forgive us and restore us when we turn from our wrongdoing and turn toward You. Yet we are often reluctant to recognize and confess our sins. We run from Your presence, refusing to accept Your word. Lord, let us be more like the repentant Ninevites who cried out mightily to You. Have mercy on us and restore us to right relationship with You. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Sun, September 10
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart, we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in Your will, and walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your Name. Amen.
Sun, September 3
Gracious and forgiving God, You always love us, yet we do not always act like we love You. Our self-delusions and self-justifications run deep. Too many times we trust in our own ability and decision-making. Too many times we fail to live as grateful disciples of Jesus Christ. Forgive us for our blindness, willfulness, and pride. Set us back on Your path of grace, witness, and service. We pray this humbly in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Sun, August 27
Heavenly Father, we gather today and recognize our need for You. We admit that it is easy to lose sight of Your goodness and purpose when faced with emotional, physical, and spiritual storms. Forgive us for the times we lack trust in Your promises. Help us hear Your voice and see You move in our ordinary day-to-day lives. In Jesus name, Amen.
Sun, August 20
Loving and Almighty God, many times we think we love You well, but we deceive ourselves. We confess our love is diluted and divided. Our attention falls away. Our devotion dies. Our commitment withers, and we flee from Your presence and purpose. Forgive us, O God. In Your deep mercy, spare us. Rekindle our love for You as we experience Your love for us through the grace of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Sun, August 13
Loving Father, we want our lives to be a sermon of God's grace to others. And yet, we often neglect to give attention to adequate study of Your word. We confess the sin of relying on our own understanding. Forgive us, Lord. Give us, we pray, a Spirit-filled knowledge of the truth of Your holy scriptures. Keep us from adding our own fallible interpretations of Your word, but instead may we rightly divine and preach the word of truth. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Sun, August 6
Holy God, we confess our tendency toward a life driven by our preferences rather than Your instruction. It is easier to follow our own path of ease, comfort, and stability instead of running hard after You. We are quick to forget what You have taught us as we sink back into our personal desires. Help us, Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to love the things You love. May Your direction—not our preferences—guide us as we strive to live like Jesus. Give us endurance when we want to be complacent and patience when we are frustrated with ourselves and others. We trust in Your unfailing love as You help us grow in love and knowledge of You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Sun, July 30
God of everlasting love, we confess we have been unfaithful to our covenant with You and with one another. We have worshiped many other gods, like money, greed, influence, and happiness. We have sought fulfillment in things that can never satisfy. We have served our own self-interest instead of serving only You and Your kingdom. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. Forgive us, gracious God. Bring us back into the fullness of our relationship with You and restore within us the joy of Your salvation. Through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.
Sun, July 23
Holy God, our selfishness and self-centered nature are always before us. We limp around altars we have made to false gods, we sacrifice ourselves for that which cannot satisfy. We turn to idols to meet our deepest needs. Forgive us O God and remind us that you are the provider of all we need. You give us life so that we may serve and enjoy you forever. Open our hearts to your generous nature so that we may give from the abundance of your grace. In Jesus. Name we pray, Amen.
Sun, July 16
O Lord, You have called us to a way that is too great for us. Just as Christ came to serve, not to be served, You call us to serve others, even our enemies. Just as Christ suffered to bring us comfort, You call us to enter others’ suffering that they may be comforted. We have fallen short of Your great calling for us. We expect others to serve us. We avoid hard situations to protect our own comfort. Forgive us, Lord, and fill us with Your Spirit that we may become more like Jesus. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Sun, July 9
Gracious God, we know Your Word, and value Your love, but we don’t find it natural to trust Your purposes, especially when tests and trials interrupt our plans. When we doubt Your goodness, forgive us. When we question Your loving presence, forgive us. Remind us of the trials and tests You faced, taking our sin to the cross so that we might be reconciled to You now and forever. Renew us in the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit, through Christ our Lord we pray, Amen.
Sun, July 2
Holy God, to Your grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be. Let Thy goodness like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love. Here's my heart Lord, take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above, Amen.
Sun, June 25
Almighty God, to You all hearts are open, all desires known, and from You no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love You, and worthily magnify Your Holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Sun, June 18
Lord, you have called us to pray about all things. And yet sometimes we fail to ask for miracles of healing. Forgive us, Lord, for not prioritizing prayer and for our lack of faith. Remind us that Scripture is full of examples of supernatural healing mercies extended to us and to those we love. We have not because we ask not. Allow us to trust you more completely. May we pray daily in confidence and expect miracles from you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Sun, June 11
Gracious God, You call us to be salt and light but we often keep our lights hidden away. We do not use our words or actions to encourage others to pursue a life with You. We take the Gospel for ourselves, but do not feel the urgency to share this gift of grace with the world. Forgive us and help us to bear witness to the hope we confess, so that others may follow You. You are the Hope of the World. Amen.
Sun, June 4
Almighty and Gracious God, You call us to pray to You. You desire to hear our praises and petitions. But we are reluctant to come before You in love, joy, and obedience. Our prayers often reflect our self-centeredness and limited vision. Our praises are repeatedly half-hearted and perfunctory. Our requests frequently reveal more about our will for our lives, not Your will. We find it most difficult to trust and believe. Forgive us for our sin and free us from its chains. Enable us to pray in Your power to the glory and honor of Your holy name. Amen.
Sun, May 28
Lord, You are good and faithful and never neglect us. But we often neglect You and each other. We fail to prioritize worshipping You, even as we make time for other things. We forsake the true focus of worship and make it all about us and our preferences. We prefer our styles, our songs, and our preachers. We are sorry for our sins. Please forgive us. Re-tune our hearts to glorify and enjoy You as we worship together. Thank you for forgiving us in Jesus through the cross. Amen.
Sun, May 21
Almighty God, You have raised your Son Jesus from death to life, and crowned Him Lord of all. We confess that we have failed to bow before Him, or acknowledge His rule in our lives. Instead, we have followed the ways of the world, and failed to give Him the glory He deserves. Hear our confession, forgive us, and cleanse our hearts to worship You. Establish us as Your faithful people, who move and act in obedience and love, and in imitation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Sun, May 14
Eternal God, You want us to pray to You frequently, honestly, and passionately because You love us and enjoy hearing from us. But instead we often consider prayer a last resort, a duty, or even a waste of time. Again and again, we pray to You only when we're in trouble and can't think of what else to do. We bring You a list of requests and wants, seeking after what pleases us, not what honors Jesus Christ our Lord. Forgive us for our sin in abusing this marvelous gift from You. Empower us to pray through the Holy Spirit, so we may know You, trust You, and obey You. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sun, May 7
Gracious God, Your yoke is easy, and your burden is light. You say you will give us rest, yet we don’t always believe it. Forgive us for being distracted by our doing. Instead of finding rest in Your being. Help us to put aside our tasks so that we might find our rest in you. Amen.
Sun, April 30
Loving and forgiving God, we confess that we find it easier to follow the crowd than to follow You. We seek the praise of others, rather than seeking to give You joy with our faithfulness. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry. Grant us grace to grow more and more in Your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.
Sun, April 23
We gather today and recognize our need for You. We admit that it is easy to lose sight of Your goodness and purpose when faced with emotional, physical, and spiritual storms. Forgive us for the times we lack trust in Your promises. Help us hear Your voice and see You move in our ordinary day-to-day lives. In Jesus name, Amen.
Sun, April 16
Almighty God, you are faithful, true, and unchanging, but we do not always trust and obey. You as we should. In our pride we challenge Your rule over us. In our shortsightedness we are slow to obey, or we ignore Your commands altogether. In our rush to claim what is ours, we forget that everything belongs to You. In thought and deed, we have sinned against You. Open our eyes, God, to see You as You are. Forgive us for these and other sins and have mercy on us in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Easter Sun, April 9
Almighty and gracious God, Easter Sunday represents the most important moment in human history. On that day, You raised Jesus from death to life and crowned Him forever our Lord. And yet, we still fail to trust You completely with our lives. We confess that we remain captive to fear and doubt. We confess our feelings of indifference and confusion. Help us with our unbelief, Lord. Forgive us and remind us that Jesus gave His very life that we might draw near to you. Raise us from our sin, that we may walk victoriously by faith. We pray this in the name of our precious Savior and King, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Palm Sun, April 2
Eternal God, You never break Your covenant with us, but we confess we often fail to be loyal to You. We betray our neighbors, desert our friends, and run in fear when we should be strong. Though You have bound Yourself to us, we will not bind ourselves to You. Have mercy on us, for we are weak and willful people. Forgive, lead, and unite us in Jesus Christ, who is the Bread of Life and the true Vine. In His name we pray. Amen.
Sun, March 26
Dear God, we come before You admitting that it is easy to lose sight of what is true according to Your Word. Forgive us when we judge others. Forgive us when pride and our worldly definition of success causes division in our relationships. Show us how to love people well and to daily keep our eyes focused on You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Sun, March 19
Almighty and merciful God, Your grace is far beyond our understanding. Yet we repeatedly stray from Your path. Our hearts are filled with pride, greed, and the desire to put ourselves first. We have sinned against You often in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and what we have left undone. Have mercy upon us, O God. Forgive us our sins. Empower us to live in Your light and to walk in Your ways to the honor of Your holy Name. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Sun, March 12
Gracious God, we let the darkness of our sin overwhelm us and paralyze us from changing course. We think forgiveness must be earned and that Your grace is not sufficient. We remain slaves to sin, rather than benefactors of Your great mercy. Forgive our sins and release us from the grip of our failures. Turn our eyes to the future You desire for us, for You alone are the Hope of the World. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.
Sun, March 5
Gracious God, You have made us for Yourself. Therefore, our hearts are restless until we rest in You. We hear this. We know this. And yet, we often demand instant conveniences and prioritize personal agendas over relationship with You. Forgive us, and let us hear again the invitation to come to You, especially when the burdens are heavy, for in You is our rest, our redemption, our renewal, and our resurrection, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Sun, Feb 19
Gracious God, we know Your Word, and value Your love, but we don’t find it natural to trust Your purposes, especially when tests and trials interrupt our plans. When we doubt Your goodness, forgive us. When we question Your loving presence, forgive us. Remind us of the trials and tests You faced, taking our sin to the cross so that we might be reconciled to You now and forever. Renew us in the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit, through Christ our Lord we pray, Amen.
Sun, Feb 12
Heavenly Father, You are so gracious and we acknowledge Your constant care and devotion for us. You have promised to give Your children the peace that is beyond our understanding. And still, we are guilty of trying to control the stresses of life on our own and in our own strength. Forgive us, Lord, for not trusting in Your precepts. Forgive us for not fully believing in Your faithfulness and goodness. Calm our spirits and deepen our faith in You. We give our stress and anxiety to You and receive Your mercy. Help us to overcome the challenges before us and to glorify You in all things. In Christ’s Name we pray. Amen.
Sun, Feb 5
Holy God, you see us as we are. You know our inmost thoughts. We confess we are unworthy of Your gracious care, for we forget that all life comes from You. We have not lived as Your grateful children, nor have we loved as Christ loved us. Apart from Your grace, there is no health in us. Lord, in Your mercy, forgive us, heal us, and make us whole. Set us free from our sin, and restore to us Your joy. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sun, Jan 29
Dear loving and gracious God, we recognize that we are weak and sinful people. We are sorry for the times we have been silent and for the times we have shied away from sharing the Gospel of hope with others. Forgive us for the times we put our own comfort, security, and pride before You. Help us believe that You can take our failures and use them to encourage and bless others. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Sun, Jan 22
Gracious God, too often we believe that our hard work should earn us comfort, conveniences, and control. Too often, we rely on our own abilities to craft and maintain a life independent from You. Forgive us. More than anything else in the world, we need You! May we be poor in spirit that by Your Spirit we might receive the Kingdom of God, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Sun, Jan 15
Gracious God, too often we believe that our hard work should earn us comfort, conveniences, and control. Too often, we rely on our own abilities to craft and maintain a life independent from You. Forgive us. More than anything else in the world, we need You!May we be poor in spirit that by Your Spirit we might receive the Kingdom of God, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Sun, Jan 8
Heavenly Father, You are a God of love and Your care for us knows no bounds. And yet, we sometimes feel overwhelmed by the circumstances of life. When our personal situations seem to be spinning out of control, we can find ourselves overwhelmed by anxiety. We confess our lack of trust in your faithfulness towards us. Forgive us for our impatience and instead help us to see where You are already at work in our lives. Steady our minds and fix our hearts upon Your promises and goodness. Fill us with Your joy and encouragement as you renew our thinking. We ask this in the strong name of Jesus, Our Savior. Amen.
Sat, Dec 24
God of grace and truth, in Jesus Christ You came among us as light shining in the darkness. We confess we have not welcomed Your light, or trusted Your good news to be good. We have closed our eyes to Your glory in our midst, expecting little, and hoping for less. Forgive our doubt and renew our hope, so we may receive the fullness of Your grace, and live in the truth of Jesus Christ the Lord. Through Him we pray. Amen.
Sun, Dec 18
Gracious God, We build walls to protect ourselves, but it leads to isolation. We make independence the highest value, instead of complete dependence on You. Forgive us for our inability to surrender everything to Your will. Help us to give You our work, our family, our relationships, our resources, and our time. May we choose a life committed to Your purposes over a life driven by our own ambitions and desires. May You alone be what our heart desires. In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
Sun, Dec 11
God of Tender Mercies, You have called us to walk with You, work with You, and follow You. However, there are times we’d prefer to go it alone, or to pattern our lives around penultimate heroes. Forgive us for drowning out Your voice, or for lazing about in the good news of our faith without considering the deep commitment into which You call us. By Your Holy Spirit make us whole, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Sun, Dec 4
Almighty God: You love the world so much that You gave Your Son so we may have eternal life. Yet we confess we often fail to reflect this great love shown to us. We follow the ways of this world instead of Your way. We pursue our longings instead of obeying Your truth. We serve other masters instead of the crucified and risen Lord. Forgive us for the sins we have committed against You. Renew us for faithful and joyful service. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sun, Nov 27
Gracious God, we know that You have forgiven us in Jesus Christ, but we often remain slow to forgive one other. You have sent Your Spirit to reconcile us to each other, but we resist Your work to bind us together. Fill us with gratitude for the grace of being in forgiven-fellowship with You. Change our hearts, making us ever more ready to extend peace. All this we pray through Jesus, the One who came from heaven to earth to reconcile us back to God, Amen.
Sun, Nov 20
God, You are light and there is no darkness in You at all. We claim to have fellowship with You and with one another, yet because of our sin we walk in the dark shadows of isolation. We lie to ourselves and to You, and we do not live by Your truth. Forgive us, O God. May we walk in the light as You are in the light, so that we may have fellowship with You and with one another. Remind us that the blood of Jesus purifies us from sin. Through Your forgiveness we are filled with Your truth and light. Amen. (Taken from John 1:5b-8)
Sun, Nov 13
Gracious and merciful God, we confess we have sinned against You in our thoughts, words, and actions. Our minds are full of what the world considers to be wise. Our words have not reflected Your grace, goodness, and mercy. Our deeds have often revealed our pride, self-centeredness, and apathy. Forgive us, O Lord. Free us from this bondage to sin and empower us to serve You to Your Name's glory. Through Christ we pray. Amen.
Sun, Nov 6
Dear Lord, we come before You as Your children to give You the honor and praise that You so richly deserve. You are our One and only true God, the generous giver of life and the sustainer of our souls. We are grateful for Your grace, for how You love us, and for how You have called us to be Your hands and feet. In response to Your great mercy, we confess how we have sinned and fallen short of the people You created us to be. We have acted in selfish ways, we have hurt one another, and we have functioned as if the universe revolves around us. We have strayed from our worship of You and gone our own way. We are heartily sorry. Please forgive us, Lord, and cause us to truly repent and to mercifully receive Your love. We pray this humbly in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Sun, Oct 30
Almighty God, You raised Jesus from death to life, and crowned him Lord of All. We confess that we do not daily acknowledge Him as Lord of our lives, our families, our vocations, or our decisions. We have gone along with the ways of the world. We have failed to wait for Your advice, and to give You all the glory. Forgive us, and raise us from sin, that we may live as those who are faithful to You, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Sun, Oct 23
Heavenly Father, You have gone to great lengths to redeem us by Your Son Jesus Christ. You invite us into a life of hope, joy, and freedom. And yet, we forget, Lord, that You have sanctified us for greater things. We confess that we abandon You when our comfort is threatened. We admit that we get consumed with serving ourselves and our own interests. Have mercy on us. Father, cause us to turn our gaze squarely back on You. Forgive us and open our eyes and ears to a greater awareness of You, and to the adventure of living for Your glory each and every day. We pray this humbly in Christ’s Name. Amen.
Sun, Oct 16
Holy and merciful God, in Your presence we confess our sinfulness and our offenses against You. You know how we have strayed from Your ways, how we have wasted Your blessings, and how we have misused Your grace. Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we are ashamed and sorry for all we have done that dishonors You. Forgive our sins, and empower us to live in Your light. We pray in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sun, Oct 9
Gracious and compassionate God, You bless us with unfailing mercy, yet we have not followed You well. You call us to love, but we do not listen to You. You command us to serve, but we walk away from those in need. You direct us to worship, but we give our allegiance to idols. Forgive us, O Lord, and renew us. Help us to live as new creations in You. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sun, Oct 2
Dear God, As we gather on World Communion Sunday, may we be reminded of Your unconditional grace, love, and provision gifted to us through the death and resurrection of Your son, Jesus Christ. Today, we are reminded that You alone unite the body of Christ, together, as one church under the Lordship of Christ. Forgive us, God, when we stray away from truth. Forgive us, God, for actions that may lead to division rather than unity. Help us, God, to live a purpose-driven life that aligns with Your heart for all people and guided by Your Word of truth. Thank you for welcoming us to commune with You, on our bad days and our good days, not because of anything we have done to deserve it, but because of Jesus’ sacrifice that gives us life. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.
Sun, Sep 25
One: O Lord, You are the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love God and keep the commandments.
All: Let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open as we confess the ways we have sinned against You.
One: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
All: We have offended You deeply, failing to keep the commandments given to Moses.
One: Remember Your Word to Moses, “If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples;
All: But if you return to Me and keep My commandments, I will gather them and bring them to the place at which I have chosen to establish My Name.”
One: We are Your servants and Your people, whom You redeemed by Your great power and Your strong hand.
All: O Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servants who delight to honor Your Name, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Sun, Sep 18
Eternal and Gracious God, We praise You, for You are just and true. Your love is with us always. In Your grace, You call us to confess our sin and receive Your mercy. Many times we have done what we should not have done. We know this is true, so we acknowledge it before You. Many times we also have not done what we should have done. We know this is true as well, so we admit it in Your presence. Help us to serve You joyfully, so You may receive the honor. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sun, Sep 11
Lord God, You tell us to put our trust in You when we are afraid or hopeless. Yet, we confess that we often fail to even ask for Your divine intervention or protection. Forgive us, Lord, for not inviting You into our concerns. We acknowledge that You are indeed our fortress and our shield. We run to You now and we put our trust in You, our loving Creator. Secure us in Your love for us; protect us from enemy arrows. Give us rest from worry, and revive us, mind, body and soul, so we may praise You fully. We ask this humbly in Jesus’ holy Name. Amen.
Sun, Sep 4
You have made us; we are Your people, the sheep of Your pasture. For the times we wander from Your leadership, forgive us. For the times we lead others astray, pursue us with Your grace. No matter where we wander, seek us out. Bring us back to the security of Your loving care and the comfort of Your presence. Draw us into the assurance that goodness and mercy will follow us, and that we will dwell in Your house forever, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Sun, Aug 28
Gracious and giving God, You always love us, yet we do not always love You. Our self-delusions and self-justifications run deep. Too many times we trust in our own ability and strength. Too many times we ignore what You give and empower. Too many times we think we are the cause of our success. Too many times we fail to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Forgive us for our blindness, willfulness, and pride. Set us back on Your path of grace, witness, and service. We ask this in the Name of the risen Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Sun, Aug 21
Holy and gracious God, At times we feel so frail and fragile, getting blown about by the latest crisis, by bad news, by our own short tempers and failings. You call us to hold fast to what is good, but so often we flounder, unable to find the solid thing that will center us again. Help us, we pray. Help us to see You as our center, and to cling to the good that You create in the world. Help us to set aside all our jealousies and prejudices, our betrayals and lies, and all that adds to the world’s hurt. Help us to grow even more into Christ’s likeness that we will bear His love and truth to the world. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.
Sun, Aug 14
Almighty God, In our pride we have strayed from You. We have followed the desires of our hearts while ignoring what You desire for us. We have left things that matter undone while being consumed by the busyness we have created. Forgive us for our sins and help us to realign our lives with You. May we humbly seek You in thought, word and deed. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.
Sun, July 31
Lord Christ, You are the Cornerstone of our fellowship and faith. By Your design, we are Your living stones, being built together to be Your house. Forgive us when we wrestle against You and doubt Your good plan. Remind us of Your promised presence, even when suffering is uncomfortable. By the power of Your Spirit, make us fit for Your purpose and praise, In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Sun, July 24
Eternal God, in Whom we live and move and have our being, Whose face is hidden from us by our sins, and Whose mercy we forget in the blindness of our hearts: Cleanse us from all our offenses, and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires, that with reverent and humble hearts we may draw near to You, confessing our faults, confiding in Your grace, and finding in You our refuge and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sun, July 17
Dear God, we confess to You that we often think and act selfishly. Your Word tells us this is not the best way to live; we are sorry. Thank You that Jesus loved us so much He died on the cross so we could be forgiven. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Sun, July 10
Dear God, we confess to you that we often think and act selfishly. Your Word tells us that this is not the best way to live; we are sorry. Thank You that Jesus loved us so much that died on the cross so that we could be forgiven. Please make us more like You, by the power of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Sun, Jul 3
Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion, blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Create in me a pure heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart. We pray these words in Christ’s Name. Amen.
Sun, Jun 26
O Christ, our Redeemer, If we have misused the freedom secured for us by Your work on the cross solely to build our own ego, forge our own way, and accumulate our own comforts, please forgive us. Remind us that Your Kingdom is our truest home, and that You are the truest King! Compel us again by Your love to live with passion for the Gospel, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Sun, Jun 19
Merciful Father God, You created us in Your image with minds to know You, hearts to love You, and wills to serve You. You call us to be Your holy people, but we rebel against Your plan. Our knowledge falters, our love wavers, and our obedience resists. Day by day, we fail to grow into Your likeness. Through Your gracious love, forgive us. Renew us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Enable us to live in the power of Your Spirit. In His Name we pray. Amen.
Sun, Jun 12
Gracious God, Forgive us for not seeking to be a people set apart. You have called us to be holy and to live as Your people, guided by Your word and example. Forgive us when we pursue the things of this world rather than the things that matter to You. Help us to seek to be holy as You are holy. May we lay our lives down so that we can take up Your cross and follow You. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
Sun, Jun 5
Lord, This world is so broken. The earth cries out in pain, and so do our own hearts. Out of the depths we cry to You. We recognize that we each bring our own mistakes, our own selfishness, and our own sin to add to the seemingly unbearable pain of the world. Oh Lord, hear our voices and let Your ears be attentive to our cry for mercy – for ourselves and for the world. With You, there is forgiveness. Therefore, we wait in the sure hope of Your unfailing love, knowing that You redeem us from all our sins. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen.
Sun, May 29
Lord, this world is so broken. The earth cries out in pain, and so do our own hearts. Out of the depths we cry to You. We recognize that we each bring our own mistakes, our own selfishness, and our own sin to add to the seemingly unbearable pain of the world. Oh Lord, hear our voices and let Your ears be attentive to our cry for mercy – for ourselves and for the world. With You, there is forgiveness. Therefore, we wait in the sure hope of Your unfailing love, knowing that You redeem us from all our sins. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen.
Sun, May 22
God of grace, We hide in our hearts the deepest regrets of our souls. We are ashamed to reveal that which the cross has already claimed. May we bring to light what is comfortable staying in the dark. May we believe that the promise of grace is truly for us. Forgive us for the sins we hide and the sins we ignore. Separate us from our transgressions by Your great hand of mercy. In the Name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Sun, May 15
Dear God, We believe the lie that we are only responsible for ourselves. We choose to not take on the burdens of others because it is too messy and inconvenient. We would rather gossip than offer a hand to help. We hold on tightly to the things we could easily share. Forgive us Lord, for not making taking seriously the commandment to love one another as You have loved us. May our relationships reflect who You are and the people you have called us to be. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
Sun, May 8
Gracious God, You are loving and kind. We confess to You our sins, for they are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, and what our hearts can no longer bear. See us free from a past that we cannot change. Open us to Your future, in which we will be changed. Grant us Your grace to grow more and more into Your likeness. We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sun, May 1
Almighty God, You who shaped out of nothing all that is, forgive us for returning empty-handed. You who called forth light, forgive our preference for the dark! You who sent John to be a voice crying, forgive our unwillingness to say anything at all! Create in us clean hearts, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sun, April 24
Faithful God, We have seen and experienced Your power, grace, and love countless times. Yet we still doubt Your goodness toward us. We have been changed by Your mercy. Yet we persist in sinful patterns. You call us to be bold in our faith. Yet we often shrink back and hide from the life you call us into. Forgive us for caring more about what the world thinks than what You have instructed. Give us boldness to step into the abundant life You invite us to have because of Jesus' victory over sin and death. In His Name we pray, Amen.
Sun, April 10
Gracious Lord, You are our faithful God and worthy to be praised. Today we celebrate the most significant day in all of human history. On Easter Sunday, two thousand years ago, You miraculously achieved the impossible with the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And yet, we often live our daily lives as if the tomb were not empty. We often walk in denial and fail to welcome the new life You have so graciously given. We confess our sins of indifference and faithlessness; forgive our fear and doubt. Deepen our faith, through Christ’s resurrection power, to live our lives fully for the One who died and rose again for us. We pray this in the Name of our precious Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen..
Sun, April 10
Eternal God, In Jesus Christ, You entered Jerusalem to die for our sins. We confess we have not always hailed You as King. We think we are prosperous and need nothing. We refuse to admit our continued brokenness. Our enthusiasms fizzle and commitments fade. Yet You graciously stand at the door of our hearts and knock. You invite us to repent and have fellowship with You. Forgive us and open our hearts to Your mercy. Renew us and lead us to follow You as Lord. We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sun, April 3
Heavenly Father, We are grateful to be counted as Your children and to worship and serve together as the body of Christ. We confess that there are times we stray from You and drift toward other things. Forgive us, dear God, and make us aware of any dangers or stumbling blocks that would inhibit our love for You. Keep us from developing an attitude of complacency. Keep us in full and utter dependence upon You. May we stand before Your throne one day and hear You say, "Well done, good and faithful servant." In Jesus' Name, we humbly pray. Amen.
Sun, March 27
Eternal and Loving God: You are forgiving and kind. We need Your grace and mercy because it is far too easy for us to exchange Your convictions for our convenience, Your standards for our status, and Your absolutes for our ambition. We think we are full of life, but in reality we are asleep to Your presence in the world and Your work in our lives. Without You, we are dead. Revive and restore us, O Lord. Fill us with Your life and hope. We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sun, March 20
Righteous and Glorious God, we acknowledge that we often ignore our sin. We confess that too often we fail to confess. We tolerate the sin that clings to us. We accept the transgressions that weigh us down. Forgive us, O Lord. Through Jesus, take away our iniquity. May we hold fast to You, our stronghold. May we be glad in You, our strength. In the Name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Sun, March 13
God of mercy, You sent Jesus Christ to seek and to save the lost. We confess that we have strayed from You and turned aside from Your way. We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure when we are stained, and great when we are small. We have failed in love, neglected injustice, and ignored Your truth. Have mercy on us, O God, and forgive our sin. Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Sun, March 6
God, oftentimes we carry the burdens of the world on our shoulders But do we believe You are strong enough to take them from us, to obliterate our worries and our fears? Forgive us, Lord, for our mistrust and controlling tendencies, and for making You small and inactive in our lives. We know, we must lay everything at Your feet to truly be set free from the sin that entangles us. As we lay down our own burdens, for Your lighter load, yoke us, gently, to You. You are all-powerful and almighty, the Maker of Heaven and Earth. In loving awe, we celebrate You as the Alpha and Omega. Amen.
Sun, Feb 27
There is no Prayer of Confession available this week. MDPC left the building for our Church in the City event.
Sun, Feb 20
Eternal God of grace and mercy, we confess we have often elevated the things of this world above You. We have made idols of ideas, possessions, and people. We have used Your name for our causes. We have permitted our schedules to come first. We have not worshiped You with our whole heart. We have not fought the good fight. Forgive us, O God, for the many ways we fall short of Your will. Empower us, O God, to run the races set before us to Your glory. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sun, Feb 13
God of peace and hope, We confess to holding tightly to things we cannot control. We let worry consume us and dictate our actions, and we tell ourselves the lie that You are not enough. Forgive us for our failure to rest in Your provision. You always give us exactly what we need, when we need it and with a measure of grace we don’t deserve. May we put our trust in you alone. Amen.
Sun, Feb 6
Father God, Forgive Your sons and daughters for disobeying You. You have asked us to be in this world, but not of it. Yet, we strive to look more and more like those around us. If we see those who are successful in business, we run after that. If we try to "keep up with the Joneses", we sacrifice our integrity. When we strive to have the perfect marriage, kids, car...we throw away our desire for Your perfect guidance. Forgive our impertinence, God. We seek You with humble hearts and know that without You, we are nothing. No amount of striving in this world will earn us the free grace You have given us through Jesus Christ, Your son. Thank You, God, Amen.
Sun, Jan 30
Gracious God, Your Word promises Your blessing to those who walk in Your ways.We desire that blessing, but in selfishness and impatience, we often choose what is convenient without considering it is of You; we often take the popular path without asking whether it is Your path; we often opt for the easiest way, even if it doesn’t bear Your fruit. Forgive us, Lord Jesus, and compel us to reach more deeply into the rivers of Your wisdom. Transform us, Holy Spirit, and bind our hearts more dearly to You so that we may live in the joy of Your salvation through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Sun, Jan 23
Father God, We join together as a community to offer our confession. We are self-seeking and self-assured, when we ought to be self-sacrificing and humble in spirit. We attempt to choose our own plans, inviting You along as an afterthought. Forgive us for relying on the world for knowledge, when You have made clear we must deny ourselves and follow You. Thank You for graciously forgiving our wrongdoings; leading us gently in relationship with You. Together, we exalt Your Name and claim the joys that Your refuge provides. Amen.
Sun, Jan 16
Lord, Your people have a long history of forgetting You. They forgot You in the Wilderness. They forgot You when they had their kings. They forgot You in Exile. Lord, we are no different. Through the waters of baptism, we are Your people, and we still forget. We make plans without considering You. We go weeks without worshipping You. We imagine we can do life without You in the center of it. We are sorry, Lord. Please forgive us. Thank you for making us Your people, and thank You for never forgetting us. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.
Sun, Jan 9
God, we often fall short. We want to be first, but You call us to be last. We want to be great, but we miss the fact that You have called us to something deeper. Father, we confess our selfishness when we overlook the needs of others, and instead focus on our own desires. Forgive us for our pride, and for wanting to be the god of our lives. Lord, teach us how to serve obediently so that we may lead with integrity. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Sun, Jan 2
God, we say we want to know You intimately, but our actions do not prioritize a deeper faith. A faith that trusts You completely; a faith that transforms how we live; a faith that puts You first. Forgive us for living the Christian life on our terms and walking with You only when it is convenient and easy. May we seek to know You deeply because we are deeply known by You. May You be our first priority and not our last. May we pursue You with the same passion that You pursue us. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.
Sun, Dec 26
Almighty God, You call us through Jesus, the living and eternal Word, but we have not responded well. We instead turn away from Your light to follow our own desires. We do not love our neighbors as You command. We do not bear witness of Your grace through our words, actions, and thoughts. We have nothing to offer You but our pride, insincerity, and faithlessness. Have mercy on us, O Lord, and forgive us. Empower us to serve You as redeemed and renewed people, to the glory of Your Name. Amen.
Sun, Dec 19
God of Grace, We ask Your forgiveness for being consumed by the season and not by You. Forgive us, Lord. When we reduce Christmas to gifts and events, have mercy on us, Father. When our self- absorbed nature causes us to forget about the pain and hurt of others, let Your grace consume us, O God. When peace is something we no longer fight for, forgive us, Lord, and move us to compassion and action.; When our caring is not extended beyond our small circle, Convict us to reach out to a world in need. We come to confess our sinfulness before you and before each other. May we truly live no longer for ourselves, but as forgiven people who embody your mercy and grace. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen.
Sun, Dec 12
Almighty God, giver of all good gifts, especially Your Son, the Word made flesh: We confess we have neither followed Your light, nor searched for signs of Your love in the world. We have refused Your peace and care. We have not trusted Your good news to be truly good. We have expected little, and hoped for less. Forgive us for doubting and failing to trust You. Renew within us all Your strong and noble desires. Help us to hear once more the story of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, with transformed lives and renewed hearts. In His Name we pray. Amen.
Sun, Dec 5
Lord, You have called us out of darkness, and made straight the path. Your word is true, yet we don’t always believe it. You are speaking, but are we listening? We need a shepherd to guide and to carry us. Show us the way and forgive our sins. Change us from the inside out. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Sun, Nov 28
Heavenly Father, We worship You and express our gratitude for Your amazing plan of redemption made possible through the birth of the Christ child. This providential event, predicted long before by the Hebrew prophets, culminated in our Lord Jesus being born in Bethlehem at the exact appointed time. Nevertheless, we confess that we can often become jaded by a seasonal story that we have heard multiple times. Forgive our sin of apathy and indifference. Most certainly, we do not want to take this triumphant miracle for granted. May it become increasingly thrilling to our soul to worship the arrival of the Son of God to earth with new eyes. And thank you, Holy Spirit, for securing our salvation in Christ for all who believe. We lift up God’s holy Name in adoration. Amen.
Sun, Nov 21
Lord, Your perspective is eternal. Our view is narrow and clouded with bias. You are present to all of time in an instant. We overlook the people and circumstances right in front of us. You are orchestrating all of history toward fullness in Jesus. We struggle to maintain healthy relationship even with those we love most. Father, we need You—Your perspective, Your presence, and Your power. Forgive us for turning to our own broken wisdom and limited perspectives. Direct us more fully to Your Son. Make us more like Him, and empower us by Your Spirit to follow the way of Jesus. We pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Sun, Nov 14
Gracious Lord, You have taught us to trust You, but we prefer to trust ourselves. You have offered us peace, but we continue to live in chaos. You have offered us rest, but we are weighed down with our own sin. Help us to surrender our need for control, misguided self-sufficiency, and prideful arrogance. Forgive our sin. Heal our hearts. Cleanse our souls, and let us find true rest in You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Sun, Nov 7
Heavenly Father, We so want to be right in Your eyes. Yet Your Holy Word makes it clear to us that our righteousness does not come from us, or from any attempts to keep the Law. In fact, we find great relief when we learn that we do not have to perform for You to earn Your love. All You require for us is to place our faith in Your precious son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, we do get distracted at times, and find ourselves attempting to secure Your love by our own efforts. Have mercy upon us Lord. Forgive us, O God, when we lapse back into our worldly mindset of performance. Forgive us for when we lose sight of the simple goal of loving Christ with all of our hearts. Whatever gains we might experience in our lives, like Paul, may we consider them as loss when compared to the surpassing value of knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord. We pray this in His holy Name. Amen.
Sun, Oct 31
Heavenly Father, We pray that our hearts desire what Your heart desires, Instead of being blinded by the lights of success; by the perceived safety of money; by the need to attain more and more. May we instead pursue the deeper things of Your Kingdom. Forgive us for our failure to value what You value. Forgive us for living selfish lives that aren't surrendered to Your purposes. Remove our shallow pursuits of this world so that we can pursue abundant life with You. For You alone are the One that can fill the deepest places of our hearts. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.
Sun, Oct 24
Heavenly Father, You know all the sins that drive us to confess to You; the ones of which we are ashamed, but were not afraid to commit. And because our senses are weak in comprehending Your mysteries, grant, Lord, the things we do not ask because of the hardness of our hearts, and grant us pardon. With these words, we yield to You our hearts and minds. Spare us, O Lord, and forgive the sins we confess. Thank You, Lord, for forgiving our sins and scattering them far beyond reach. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sun, Oct 17
Glorious and gracious God, You are the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. The entire universe is Yours. Yet we confess we often do not believe in Your final victory over sin and death. We fail to trust in Your promise to reveal Your new heaven and earth, and to restore Your creation at the end of time. In our pride, we focus on our abilities. In our faithlessness, we focus on our struggles. In our self-centeredness, we focus on our failures. Forgive us and free us from our sin, O Lord. Remind us of what is coming from You, when You dwell with us as our God, when You wipe away all tears from our eyes, when death, pain, and suffering will be no more. Because You have made all things new to the glory of Your Name. Amen.
Sun, Oct 10
Eternal God and Redeemer, We confess that we have tried to hide from You. We have not followed Your commands. We have lived for ourselves, and apart from You. We have turned from our neighbors and refused to bear the burdens of others. We have ignored the pain of the world, and passed by the hungry, the poor, and the oppressed. In Your great mercy, forgive our sins and free us from our misguided ways, that we may choose to obey Your will for us to the glory of Your Kingdom through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.