Opening prayer of praise and confession — Ian Kapembwa, Zambia

Almighty and everlasting creator, redeemer and sustainer of our lives,
the true and only wise God,
we thank you for the marvellous works of your hand.
Indeed, they signify how great you are.
The morphological design of earth describes the splendour of your beauty.
Gracious and merciful God,
despite your goodness toward humanity we have gone astray from your way.
We repetitively fall short of your glory through speech, thoughts and actions,
hence upsetting you and our fellow human beings.
We therefore ask for your mercy.
Forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour we pray.

Ian is a student in ministry at the United Church of Zambia University, Mindolo, Kitwe.