Prayer of Confession Based on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Dear God, how easy it is for me to distinguish myself from "them."
For the times I believe I am better than others — forgive me.
For the times I put my ways on a pedestal to the neglect of others — forgive me.
For the times I avert my gaze so I won't have to look at their condition — forgive me.
For the times I wished they would all go away and live somewhere else —forgive me.
For the times I feel no discomfort in judging others before I even know them — forgive me.
For the ease with which I label people "them" and "other" — forgive me.
Words of Assurance
Hear the good news. Through Jesus Christ we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins. God hears. God cares. God forgives. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.