Most holy and merciful Father,
we acknowledge and confess in your presence
our sinful nature
which is quick to do evil and slow to do good,
and all our shortcomings and offenses against you.
You alone know how often we have sinned,
in wandering from your ways,
in wasting your gifts,
in forgetting your love.
O Lord, have pity on us.
We are ashamed and sorry for all things
in which we have displeased you.
Teach us to know our errors,
cleanse us from our secret faults,
and forgive our sins
for the sake of your dear Son, our Savior.
O most holy and loving Father,
send your Holy Spirit into our hearts
that we may henceforth live in your light
and walk in your ways
as we follow your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Hear the gracious words of our Lord Jesus Christ to those who truly repent and turn to him:
God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
Whoever comes to me I will never cast out. (John 6:37)
The grace of our Lord Jesus + Christ be with you all. Amen.
Source: Modified from The Book of Common Worship, Henry Van Dyke, editor, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1906, p. 3-4.
“Teach us to know our errors,” original has “teach us to hate our errors.” Change was made to better reflect Psalm 19:12.
“send your Holy Spirit into our hearts,” original has “send Thy purifying grace into our hearts.”
“as we follow your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” original has “According to the commandments of Jesus Christ our Lord.