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Thanksgiving Confession

Loving God, we gather today rich in blessing,
somehow believing that we merit the wealth and comforts that we enjoy.
Forgive us, our God, for comfortably closing our eyes
to the faces of the poor that stare blankly in our direction.
Lord, have mercy on us.

With bellies full of grain and meat,
we offer token gestures to the hungry in our world
and we feel we have done enough.
Forgive us, God, for keeping a distance between “us” and “them,”
for closing our ears to the cries of the hungry.
Christ, have mercy on us.

With hands tightly clasping our treasures on earth,
we cannot reach out to our oppressed brothers and sisters around this world.
Forgive us for clinging to our own possessions rather than to you.
Unite us with hearts of thanksgiving
that we may work to insure freedom and justice for all.
Lord, have mercy on us.

~ from “Service of Thanksgiving” written by Rev. Donald Jansma, posted on Reformed Worship website.

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