Lifted up from the earth in his crucifixion and resurrection from the dead Christ draws all people to himself. That we may be servants and ministers of the reconciliation which the Lamb of God has accomplished, let us pray saying, O God of forgiveness, grant mercy.
The Beloved Disciple understood that the pouring out of water and blood from Jesus’ side signified the giving of the Spirit. That by that same Spirit we may be forgiven and forgive others, we pray, O God of forgiveness, grant mercy.
Sinfulness originates in a deep wound to our humanity which hinders us from accepting love. That Christ’s healing touch in prayer may disable our self-reliant pride and make us depend on grace alone, we pray, O God of forgiveness, grant mercy.
In our fallenness we continually turn in upon ourselves to seek fulfillment without self-offering. That the Eternally-Begotten One may heal us and raise us up to worship you in spirit and truth, we pray, O God of forgiveness, grant mercy.
Through our biases and shortcomings, the life of your Church has been marred by many sinful failures. That in humility we may willingly learn all that you seek to teach us through them, we pray, O God of forgiveness, grant mercy.
We cannot keep pace with the risen Christ who goes before us if we are encumbered by guilt. That by regular confession we may shed the burdens of remembered sin and move forward encouraged by the Spirit, we pray, O God of forgiveness, grant mercy.
You teach us to confess our sins to one another, and call us to further the Church’s ministry of reconciliation. That we may reach out to the sick, the alienated and perplexed, those in prison, and the marginalized with your gracious healing and forgiveness, we pray, O God of forgiveness, grant mercy.
With hearts humbled by your gracious forgiveness, O God, we now name before you the persons and concerns which you have placed in them:
Grant, O Lord, that as your Son Jesus Christ prayed for his enemies on the cross, so we may have grace to forgive those who wrongfully or scornfully use us, that we ourselves may be able to receive your forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.