Faithful Father: Thank You for the gift of Your Church. Thank You for the community of believers, the great history that You have given us, and the great traditions that You have given to us. Forgive us, LORD, for the times when we have failed to be obedient to You. Forgive us for the times that we have taken our freedom to worship You for granted. Forgive us for, at times, making our churches like social clubs rather than temples. Forgive us, LORD, for the times we have failed to open our doors to those who are not like us, to those who make us uncomfortable, and to those who are hard to love. Forgive us for failing to care for the widow, the orphan, the alien, the addict, the oppressed, and the hurting. Forgive us for blaspheming Your name by claiming to be Your followers while failing to stand against evil and injustice. Forgive us for using our faith as an excuse to hate, fight, and judge. Forgive us, O LORD. Lead us to be true ambassadors of You in this nation and this world. Help us to be Lights in the darkness, a refuge in the midst of the storm, and a place of acceptance for those who have faced rejection and abandonment. Help us, O God, to go into the world in Love, making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Amen. (KML)

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