Gentle and holy God, we acknowledge to you, to one another, and to ourselves that we are not what you have called us to be. We have stifled our gifts and wasted our time. We have avoided opportunities to offer kindness, but have been quick to take offense. We have pretended that we could make no contribution to peace and justice in our world and have excused ourselvs from risk-taking in our own community. Have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and help us to live our lives differently. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, whose call to follow haunts our every prayer.