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Confession and Pardon

Great and Holy Auditor of the Way we spend our time and gift:

We have been selfish in our generosity

and break the budget of 24 hours daily

cramming fruitless and self-serving endeavors.

We borrow from Peter to pay Paul, Mary, Josephine, and more…

We have no intention of settling debts.

We rob you of time with us.  

We ignore your advice and whispers of love.

We owe love.

We owe humanity more respect.  

We owe each other a second chance.

Our line of credit is bankrupt, our love has filed chapter 11.

Our lack of love embarrasses you, your church, your message.

Our apathy grows in our portfolio of abuse ensuring our own safety and self-preservation at other’s expense.

Forgive our interest and lack of faith principle.

Free us from greed and complacency.

Elevate us beyond market values into Kingdom values through your deposit on the Cross of Christ Jesus.

Hear the Good News!  Christ collected our debt and paid it all.  God’s love loosens the belt and gives us grace.  We are free.  We are loved.  We are forgiven.  Share peace and forgiveness as you have received in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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Hide and Seek Prayer

Within the heavens,

Within the moments of coincidence,

Within the intricacies of theology and science,

Within the mystery and the unknown,

and within the heavy emotions and heart-felt convictions:

Lord, we seek you.

Yet, you are on earth – revealed through your creation,

You are in the ordinary and everyday unnoticed and unrecognized,

You are in the spaces beyond knowledge and yet in plain sight,

and you are seen and felt more in our actions of hope and love

than our reactions of devotion or internal chemistry:

Lord, reveal to us.

Within the busy-ness of bees,

Within the ringtones of notifications,

Within the individualism and self-reliance,

Within the selfishness of pride and the self-righteousness of pain,

and within the our day to day ignorance:

Lord, seek us.

Wonderful Jesus, as we play hide and seek together,

Increase our faith and faithfulness this day.  Amen.

-(CC) 2014 Nathan Decker, www.worshipswake.wordpress.com