This might disappoint you, or it might actually relieve you to know this is not some tell-all blog post. I’m not getting ready to air my dirty laundry. This is a corporate confession I put together for our worship gathering this Sunday. I hope it can be helpful in your personal worship time as well. Blessings!
Call to Confession
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:5-9 (NIV)
Moment of Silent Reflection and Confession
Prayer of Confession
Father God, Light of the world, we come to you as children, children afraid of the dark, yet walking in it. Someone has turned out the lights in our world and we are finding ourselves with stubbed toes and bloody noses. Others of us have much graver injuries from walking in the dark. Some of us are trying desperately to find the light switch while others of us secretly love the dark and are resisting the light. Help us to see through your Light that we are lying to You and to ourselves if we insist on walking in our blindness.
Please forgive us of our sin that dims your light in our lives. Help us to humbly admit that we are not without sin and to confess it to you. In your faithfulness and mercy, please shine your cleansing light into our darkness. Like sun-bleached, radiant white linen hanging from a clothesline on a summer afternoon, may we be caught up in the Holy Breeze of you Spirit, surrendering to your Light and your Truth.
Thank you for the promise that if we confess our darkness, You will forgive us, mend our wounds and lovingly guide us toward the Light.
We pray this in the supreme name of Jesus, the Light of the World