Legalistic remorse says, “I broke God’s rules,” while real repentance says, “I broke God’s heart.”
– Tim Keller

Merciful God, we confess to you now that we have sinned.
We confess the sins that no one knows and the sins that everyone knows.
We confess the sins that are a burden to us and the sins that do not bother us because we have grown comfortable with them.

We confess our sins as a church.
We have not loved one another as Christ loved us.
We have not forgiven one another as we have been forgiven.
We have not given ourselves in love and service for the world as Christ gave himself for us.

Father, forgive us.
Send the Holy Spirit to us,
That he may give us power to live
as, by your mercy, you have called us to live.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.