Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sheep: Easter 4A - A Litany of Confession based on Psalm 23

"Girl with Lamb" by Lisa Knoop

One: The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Many: Oh God, forgive us! We think we need more and more and more.

He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

Many: Too often we pick up a rock next to the lake to toss it in just to see the water stirred because it feels more exciting.

he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.

Many: How long will we continue to make our own paths rather than following yours? How long will we continue to see your restoration of our souls as “meddling”?

One: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me.

Many: Like our stirring of the still waters, we refuse your comfort and care. God, forgive us for the ways in which we have hurt your children. Most merciful God, forgive us for the ways in which we have hurt you.

One: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Many: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long. Amen.