A Call to Repentance: Clergy Confession at the Sacred Assembly 9/22/2007

 A Call to Repentance: Clergy Confession at the Sacred Assembly

Recognizing the privileges and responsibilities of leadership; we the
pastors of our Lord's Church on Cape Cod unite to declare our
allegiance to the living God and our full devotion to serving Him

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in
thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have
left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not
loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly
repent, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and
forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen. [Episcopal Book of Common Prayer]

Lord, please forgive us:

- when we think Your people are our people
- when we choose to offend You because we are unwilling to offend Your
- when Your "house of prayer" becomes merely our place of employment
- when we begin our day with a "to do" list instead of on our face
before You
- when all ministry efforts take priority over prayer
- when discouragement causes us to change course, instead of to
- when "steadfast" is an adjective and not a lifestyle
- when the latest Christian publication is more interesting the Your
Son, Jesus, the Word
- when camaraderie replaces accountability
- when we walk in our position and not in the Armor of God
- when our counsel to Your people is man's wisdom and not the Word of
- when our preparation takes precedence over Your Presence
- when we mishandle laypeople and cause injury
- when we look for status and success
- when staying on plan, or on schedule, is more important than waiting
on Your Spirit
- when we choose to comfort Your children when You want to convict
- when we allow servanthood to sustain Your people rather than
- when we are unwilling to bring Your family to the maturing fullness
of who they are In Christ

As shepherds of God's Flock we know that we have been entrusted with
leadership and must take responsibility for the spiritual condition of
Cape Cod. We must be Salt and Light and must lead with urgency and
unction, the passion for Holy Living and energetic evangelism.

With God's help today we seek a new way of leadership, working
cooperatively with brothers and sisters in the Kingdom and ask for
courage to be obedient to God's voice in moving forward with the
vision of the Glory of God on Cape Cod.