Reading: Psalm 51:1-17 (New Century Version)
God, be merciful to me because you are loving.
Because you are always ready to be merciful, wipe out all my wrongs.
Wash away all my guilt and make me clean again.
I know about my wrongs, and I can’t forget my sin.
You are the only one I have sinned against; I have done what you say is wrong.
You are right when you speak and fair when you judge.
I was brought into this world in sin. In sin my mother gave birth to me.
You want me to be completely truthful, so teach me wisdom.
Take away my sin, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Make me hear sounds of joy and gladness; let me be happy again.
Turn your face from my sins and wipe out all my guilt.
Create in me a pure heart, God, and make my spirit right again.
Do not send me away from you or take your Holy Spirit away from me.
Give me back the joy of your salvation.
Keep me strong by giving me a willing spirit.
Then I will teach your ways to those who do wrong, and sinners will turn back to you.
God, save me from the guilt of sin, God of my salvation,
and I will sing about your goodness.
Lord, let me speak so I may praise you.
You are not pleased by sacrifices, or I would give them.
You don’t want burnt offerings.
The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit.
God, you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin.
Dear God, we know that we live much of our lives unconscious of your presence within.
And so, thinking ourselves alone, thinking our actions of no consequence, we sin.
We fail not only you, but those we love, those in need, even ourselves.
Create in us clean hearts, O God.
Renew a right spirit within us.
Help us be ever aware of your presence,
Conscious of your Holy Spirit living in and through us.
Restore within us the joy of being your people, your children,
the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.
hear our confessions, Father.
And fill us with forgiveness and love. Amen.