Confession of the Sin of Blaming Pilate, Temple Leaders, & Everyone Else

*Confession of Sins & Assurance of Grace

We fear new ways.
We fear giving up the status quo.
And Pilate has Jesus whipped. 

Open our eyes, Lord.
Open our eyes, Lord.

We think we know best.
We reinterpret what your clearly teach.
We dress up Jesus in a crown of thorns and mock Christ’s kingship.

Open our eyes, Lord.
Open our eyes, Lord.

We know our earthly ways fail us.
We yearn for ways that restore, heal, & usher in a world of love & justice.
But we get scared and shout “Crucify!”

Open our eyes, Lord.
Open our eyes, Lord.

When we see the mess we’ve made of our world we turn to blame.
We blame Judas. We blame Pilate. We blame the Temple leaders.

We blame one another.
We blame one another.

We confess we have sinned against ourselves, against one another, and against you. Open our eyes, Lord.
Forgive us our sins. 

And still Christ loves and offers grace.
Open our eyes to be loving and grace-filled like you, Lord. Amen.

*Suggested Hymn to Follow Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord (#37 Chalice Praise)

Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children, their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Tim has served as pastor of both Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations. As we enter what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic, Tim is beginning a journey of rediscovering himself and discerning next steps. He writes from his home in Albany, Oregon and wherever the Spirit lures him.

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