A Litany of Confession and Hope
In a time when God’s people live divided, we come together to stand united.
In a time when brokenness casts a dark shadow on so many, we stand as a light.
In a time when our differences have kept us form being the body of Christ:
We come to confess that we have not fulfilled Jesus prayer that all may be one.
We come to confess that we have lost many to the darkness of despair and addiction.
We come to confess that we have not done enough to heal hearts that are broken.
We know that addiction is a response to brokenness.
We confess that we have not listened enough.
We confess that we have not been patient enough.
We confess that we have not loved enough.
Now we feel God’s call to confront the brokenness in our community.
We week to build unity in the body of Christ.
We seek to bring wholeness to broken lives.
We seek to transform our community by being the Church Christ calls us to be.
To this end, we commit to the following:
We will proclaim the life changing love of Jesus Christ.
We will talk about he pain of addiction openly in our churches.
We will create safe places for people to talk about and share their pain.
We will support recovery programs and ministries in our community.
We wills top enabling those we know who suffer from an addiction.
We will love and challenge those who are in recovery.
We will provide educational resources for children and families.
We will pray for those recovering, those helping them, and those still lost.
Although we worship and serve God in different ways, every faith family cares deeply for the people God places in their midst and the community in which they live.
Although we often find ourselves son different sides of political issues, we find common ground in the pain we see in individuals and families battling addictions.
May God challenge us to love more fully.
May God lead the broken to our door steps.
May God move us from apathy to action.
May God transform our community, one heart at a time, beginning with our own.
Rev. Lee Yates
Lawrenceburg, KY – 2008