Psalm 25

Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - You'll Come
Auston Stone Worship - How Deep The Father's Love
Joshua Leventhal - Steadfast
Bethel Music - Jesus We Love You

Curated by Kevin Borst
Phil Wickham - Doxology
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Hillsong Worship - Love On The Line
Bethel Music - Reckless Love

Written by Bobbi Salkeld

It is a Lenten practice to not only fast and give, but to also repent. Repentance means we change our minds and our behaviour. For some of us, that word “repentance” is positive, signalling a fresh start and a new beginning. For others, “repentance” is a word that requires a bit more work - frank self-talk, real inner searching. Either way you consider the word repentance, prayers of confession and coming-clean are good for all of us. I invite you to consider your responses to these reflective questions, and then I will walk you through a quiet prayer of confession and words of assurance. Feel free to bow your heads, close your eyes, look inward.

First question:
What do I bring with me today that I need to confess and to hold up to God?
Perhaps it is cyclical worry, or selfishness, or fear.
Maybe it’s aggression, secrecy, or dishonesty.
Maybe it’s about hiding or living from a place of scarcity.

Second question:
Where do I long to experience a fresh start and a new beginning?
Maybe it’s in how you talk to yourself, or someone close to you.
Maybe it’s in how you feel insignificant or isolated. Maybe it’s in conflict or perspective.

Let us pray this prayer of confession:
In your presence, Loving God, we confess that we so easily lose our way.
We lose an awareness of your closeness.
We lose our identity as your children.
We lose the connectedness to the world we live in, the world you created and called good.
We confess our culpability in the cracks and brokenness we experience. We confess that we do not always choose love or extend grace.
We do not always choose kindness or generosity.
We do not always stop ourselves from speaking or defending, so that we can listen and learn.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Now, hear these words of assurance:
You worship and enjoy a God who forgives you,
Christ who renews you,
And the Spirit who enables you to grow in love.
Be freed and be made new this Lent as you journey with Christ,