A confession

created for Anti-Slavery Day 2021

There are two options for a confession:

God be gracious to us and bless us.

We confess the times when we have not let others feel the warmth of your love shining through us.

Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy

May your ways be heard and seen upon earth.
We acknowledge our blindness to the needs of all who are oppressed or enslaved.
Christ have mercy
Christ have mercy

As we taste your goodness, we confess the injustices we ourselves have perpetrated, knowingly and unknowingly, against those who are invisible and have no voice in this world.
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy

May the God who rescues us from our sins, have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord

Amen

OR

Holy God, as we gather to know you in worship, we acknowledge our easy indifference to those who are exploited as they provide goods and services which are only valued according to price, not with regard to those who create them.
Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy

We pray for all who are trapped in forced labour, sexual exploitation, forced begging, domestic servitude, forced organ donation, county lines drug trading, and forced marriage.
Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy

We ask that we might learn better to play our part in noticing the unnoticed, reaching out to the exploited, and changing values and behaviours in ourselves, our communities, and in our nations policies and practices.
Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy

All: AMEN

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