Ash Wednesday Prayer of Repentance

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Most holy and merciful Father:
We confess to you and to one another,
that we have sinned in thought, word, deed, and attitude; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven. 

Have mercy on us, Lord.
ALL: And forgive us our sins.

We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. We have not
been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.

Have mercy on us, Lord.
ALL: And forgive us our sins.

We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy,
and impatience of our lives,

Have mercy on us, Lord.
ALL: And forgive us our sins.

Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work,

Have mercy on us, Lord.
ALL: And forgive us our sins.

Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,

Have mercy on us, Lord.
ALL: And forgive us our sins.

For all the ways in which we have wronged you and our neighbor that we now bring before you in silent meditation, 

Have mercy on us, Lord.
ALL: And forgive us our sins.

Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,

Accept our repentance, Lord.
ALL: And renew our hearts,

For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,

Accept our repentance, Lord.
ALL: and renew our minds,

For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,

Accept our repentance, Lord.
ALL: And renew our lives,

ALL: Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us.  Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.  Accomplish in us the work of your salvation, that we may show forth your glory in the world.

By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord, bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection. Amen.

Aaron Engler

Born and raised in rural Minnesota, Aaron studied finance at the University of Minnesota and then worked as a banker before attending Gordon-Conwell. Prior to planting Highrock North Shore in 2012, Aaron served on staff at Highrock Arlington since 2007, where he served as the Pastor to Young Adults.

He's devoted to his wife Ariel, a native of the North Shore, and their daughter, Elsie. Aaron gets passionate about teaching God's story of redemption, seeing sold out followers of Jesus, University of MN College Hockey, and celebrating the life God has given to us, His people. Aaron is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator.