Prayers of Confession

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, Dec 19, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021
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, 2021

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, so we may choose to obey Your will for us  to the glory of Your Kingdom through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen