Drinking Deeply

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 1:03 AM

Corporate Confession

Minister: Blessed Jesus,
you offered us all your blessings when you announced…
“Blessed are the poor in spirit” —
People: but we have been rich in pride.
Minister: “Blessed are those who mourn” —
People: but we have not known much sorrow for our sin.
Minister: “Blessed are the meek” —
People: but we are a stiff-necked people.
Minister: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” —
People: but we are filled to the full with other things.
Minister: “Blessed are the merciful” —
People: but we are harsh and impatient.
Minister: “Blessed are the pure in heart” —
People: but we have impure hearts.
Minister: “Blessed are the peacemakers” —
People: but we have not sought reconciliation.
Minister: “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness” —
People: but our lives do not challenge the world.
Minister: “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you
and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” —
People: but we have hardly made it known that we are yours.
Minister: Your Law is holy and your benedictions are perfect,
but they are both too great for us.
You alone are blessed.
People: We plead with you to forgive our sins
and give us the blessing of your righteousness.

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