Prayer of Confession

Almighty and creating God, we confess and come before you today as people who are separated from one another by fear, prejudice, and ignorance.
By our language, actions and facilities we declare insiders and outsiders in our lives and in our church.
Forgive us and create in us the vision of opening our hearts, minds, and doors as wide as the love of God,
So that no one is left outside.
Help us to reach beyond ourselves to discover the joy of community.
Give us the patience to discover that all people have gifts and abilities to share with our community of faith.
We pray in Jesus name.

Adapted from Southeastern United Methodist Agency for Rehabilitation (SEMAR) 2004