Each week we craft our worship services to follow a set liturgy. Our framework follows this progression: God – Man – Christ – Response. Within that progression we prayerfully ask that the Holy Spirit lead us as we plan our worship services. We then choose each week to highlight a specific element in the service. This week we chose to use a call and response confession liturgy within the “Man” section of the service in which the congregation read the underlined portions aloud with the worship leader. The confession liturgy is below.
We confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you
with our whole heart and mind and strength.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be,
so that we may delight in your will
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your holy name.
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
It is crucial that we include times of confession within our gathered worship services. We are rightly recognizing our constant need for a savior, and we are coming together to admit that we are all sinners. We do not try to hide our sin. We have a good and loving savior that invites us to himself.
Pastor Chad even spoke on this in his sermon this week in verses 19-21 of John chapter three. In summary he said that “Jesus is the Light and He shines on our darkness exposing us for who we are…”. This is why confession is important. We need to come into the light with our sin. We need to come to Jesus. There is no need to hide.