I rewrote this confession from the Worship Sourcebook which is often a slightly dubious source but gives help in thinking through liturgy. The only thing I’m not sure about is confessing toughness rather than gentleness, anyway working on this did me good and I think it was helpful for us to read, sing, confess and preach the Beatitudes.
Lead: God blesses those who realise their need for him and are poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is given to them.
All: But we have been proud in spirit, inflated with our own self-sufficiency, and we have forgotten how needy we are.
Lead: God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
All: But we have not mourned over our sins, we have treated them lightly, and we have been unaware that our lives cause grief to the Lord.
Lead: God blesses those who are meek and gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will be their inheritance.
All: But we have valued toughness over gentleness, we have coveted that which is not ours, and we have chosen harshness over lowliness.
Lead: God blesses those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, for they will receive it in full.
All: But we have hungered after pleasures, prestige, and the possessions of this temporal world. We have chosen to satisfy our immediate desires.
Lead: Lord, show us your mercy we pray.
All Lord, have mercy upon us in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(from the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:2-6)
Lead: God blesses those who are merciful for they will be shown mercy.
All: But we have often been harsh judges over the lives of others. We have been quick to place blame on anything or anyone but ourselves.
Lead: God blesses those whose hearts are pure for they will see God.
All: But we have defiled our hearts with idols of our own choosing, doubting that you will keep your Word and your promises. We have compromised your truth by trying to find meaning and security in things or people but not in you, Lord.
Lead: God blesses the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.
All: But we have often created strife by demanding our way, rather than by
walking in your ways according to your Spirit. We have not worked for the peace and purity of your church as we should have.
Lead: God blesses those who are persecuted for righteousness sake for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
All: But we have retreated from the disapproval of others. We have feared
others instead of fearing you. We have sought to please the world rather than risk the disapproval of those who need you.
Lead: Lord, please show us mercy.
All: Lord, have mercy upon us in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(from the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:7-10)