We have not loved our neighbor as you instructed us.
We have not spoken up for those who needed our help.
We have turned away from strangers.
We have not shared with others the gracious hospitality you share with us.
You asked for our hands,
that you might use them of your purpose.
We gave them for a moment,
then withdrew them, for the work was hard.
You asked for our mouths,
to speak out against injustice.
We gave you a whisper,
that we might not be accused.
You asked for our eyes,
to see the pain of poverty.
We closed them,
for we did not want to see.
You asked for our life,
that you might work through us.
We gave a small part,
that we might not get too involved.
Lord, forgive our calculated efforts to serve you
only when it is convenient for us to do so,
only in those places where it is safe to do so
and only with those who make it easy to do so.
The Worship Sourcebook, 2.2 Prayers of confession, 35 (p98)