Gracious God,
our sin are too heavy to carry,
too real to hide,
and too deep to undo.
Forgive the things that our minds know to be true, but what our lips tremble to name,
what our hearts can no longer bear,
and what has become deeply shameful to us.
Set us free from a past we cannot change;
open to us a future in which we can be changed in the light of the gospel;
and grant us the grace
to grow more and more in your likeness and image;
through Jesus Christ the light of the world.

Amen.