A Collect to Admit our Need to Change

Indwelling Spirit, who guides us in paths of goodness and right, give us courage and humility to confess our sins and admit our need for change to one another, that in community we might find encouragement to do what you ask of us: to forsake our sins and embrace justice, mercy, and obedience to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord who live and reigns with you and the Father, one God, forever and ever. Amen. ‘John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.’ – Mark 1:4-5