Prayer of Approach and Confession
Singing old and new songs,
we settle in Your presence,
Maker of the heavens and the earth
and Giver of salvation.
You alone are to be worshipped and adored,
for You have shaped
the day and night
with colour and light.
You shape human life
with the story of hope and justice
proclaimed and told
in the the good news of Your Son,
and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit
who continues to encircle
leading us into the places
and towards the people
who are to be restored to You.
Worshipping You in all Your splendour,
we come to rejoice
at the moments of wonder and awe
that have rumbled through
and focussed our attention
upon the world You are creating.
In a world full of images,
our attention is easily caught on celebrity
all offering competing messages
of where to place our trust
and dedicate our attention.
We confess the flighty nature of our gaze.
Forgive us for us willingness to put convenience first,
and ignore the need to conserve;
for our belittling of difference,
and failing to celebrate diversity;
for our belief that we are right,
and failing to value the views of others.
before we opened our mouths
and lifted our hands,
You were whispering words of forgiveness,
reminding all to live as those who belong to You.
With Your presence in all we do,
may we live as those who bear Your image
and give glory to You
in all we do and say.