God whose name and nature is love, we confess that we have not loved as you commanded.
We have claimed to love you, and yet have not loved our brother and sister.
We have lived in fear of what the world thinks instead of in your perfect love.
We have lived as those who do not know God forgetting your great sacrifice for our sins.
Yet this is love - not that we have loved you, but that you have loved us and sent your son as the source of healing for out sins,
Forgive us, we pray, for the wrong of our past.
Remake us anew for the day we are living.
Guide us and guard us in the journey ahead.
For you are love.
Words from the URC Prayer Handbook 2021 and contributed by Fay Rowland