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. 

May

Sun, May 22
Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.
From the PCUSA Book of Common Worship
Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1993; p. 88

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.

April

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.

March

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.

February

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.

January
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.

2021 Prayers
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, we may choose to obey Your will for us to the glory of Your Kingdom through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.