Advent Prayer of Penitence

Jesus, you come to us offering forgiveness:

When we do not worship you with our whole heart
When we do not welcome each new day as gift

Forgive us, we pray

When we do not love our neighbours as ourselves
When we choose to walk by on the other side

Forgive us, we pray

When we want things in our own time rather than yours
When we are less than mindful in our words and actions

Forgive us, we pray

When we fail to care for your creation
When we do not respect and nurture all life

Forgive us, we pray

When our material greed is at the cost of those who have little
When we worship the false gods of wealth and power

Forgive us, we pray

When we do not live to your praise and glory
Jesus, you come to us, offering forgiveness, and teaching us the way of truth

Amen.

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