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Create in Me a Clean Heart


Here are a number of worship resources inspired by Psalm 51.


Psalm 51


Prayer (based on Psalm 51)

Merciful God,
Have mercy on our souls,
according to your unwavering love;
according to your abundant mercy
wipe away our sins and the guilt we have carried for so long.

Instead write on our hearts your love
Your boundaries for our lives
Your salvation that sets us free from our sins.
To live the abundant life you have for each of us.

Lord we would see Jesus,
We would love Jesus,
We would follow Jesus
We would serve Jesus.

Create in us clean hearts,
Renew your spirit within us.
Do not turn us away from your presence,
do not take your holy spirit from us.
Restore to us the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in us a willing spirit.
Write on our hearts, your love O God.


~ written by Rev Abi, and posted on Long and Winding Road.

Prayer of Confession (based on Psalm 51)

One: Have mercy on us, O God, because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion, forgive us.
Free us from the guilt that weighs us down,
from the sin that controls us.

Two: We have sinned against you,
and done what is wrong in your eyes.
We are well aware of the wrong we do:
the words we speak which wound,
the unloving thoughts and actions
which hurt others and ourselves.
We know that these things distance us from you,
and keep us from recognizing your life in us.
Forgive us.

(Optional sung response)

One: You desire complete honesty from us.
We know that nothing can be hidden from you.
And so we lay open our hearts to you now—
we lay before you those things for which we need your forgiveness,
and those things from which we long to be set free.
Gracious God, enter our hearts.
Teach us what it means to have you at the center of our lives.

Two: God, we need your mercy and forgiveness.
Only you can make us whole again;
only you can fill us with lasting joy,
only you can transform our weakness into strength.
O God, look no longer on our past mistakes,
but on the aspirations and longing of our hearts.

(Optional sung response)

One: Create in us clean hearts, O God,
open and receptive to your Spirit.

Two: Create in us clean hearts, O God,
washed clean from bitter thoughts,
from shame, guilt, envy and anger.

One: Create in us clean hearts, O God,
free from anxiety about the past or the future,
confident in the presence of your Holy Spirit,
and in your gift of peace.

Two: Create in us clean hearts, O God,
cleansed by your mercy, and made strong by your love.

(Optional sung response)

One: Loving and merciful God,

All: we have so little to bring to You.
But what we have, we willingly give:
our humble spirits and contrite hearts.
We long to be your disciples,
to follow your path for our lives,
and to share with others
the good news of your love and mercy.

Words of Forgiveness (based on Psalm 103:8)

Two: Our God is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, full of unfailing love.
Today, receive God’s forgiveness.

All: Thanks be to God!

~ Christine Longhurst, based on Psalm 51 and Psalm 103

Prayer of Confession (based on Psalm 51)

God of Compassion,
We turn toward you now. We rend our hearts.
Forgive our pride and forgive our insecurities.
Forgive our self-absorption and forgive our self-destruction.
Forgive our doubts and forgive our confidence.
Forgive our longing for attention and forgive our desire to hide.
Forgive each step we take away from you.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. And renew a right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence. Do not take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of my salvation, and grant a willing spirit to sustain me.”

~ posted by Joanna Harader on Spacious Faith.

Spoken Resources

Psalm Reflection: Forgiveness (inspired by Psalm 51:13, 15)

Forgiveness is mercy.
Such pardon and kindness I cannot fathom.

Forgiveness is unfailing love.
Such patience and understanding I cannot comprehend.

Forgiveness is overwhelming compassion.
Such sympathy and warmth I cannot reciprocate.

Forgiveness is the blotting out of transgressions.
Such freedom and good will I do not deserve.

Forgiveness is the washing away of my iniquities.
Such purity and newness I cannot maintain.

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
Based on (Psalm 51:13,15)

~ posted by Steve Brown on Worship Ideas You Can Use.


Traditional Hymn: Whiter than snow

Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole;
I want You forever to live in my soul;
Break down ev'ry idol, cast out ev'ry foe;
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Whiter than snow; yes, whiter than snow;
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, on You do I patiently wait;
Come now, and within me a new heart create;
To those who have sought You, You’ve never said no,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

~ James Nicholson, 1872

Contemporary Hymn: Kind and Merciful God

Worship Together # 122

Kind and merciful God, we have sinned in Your sight,
We have all wandered far from Your way;
We have followed desire, we have failed to aspire
To the virtue we ought to display.

Kind and merciful God, we’ve neglected Your Word
And the truth that would guide us aright;
We have lived in the shade of the dark we have made,
When you willed us to walk in the light.

Kind and merciful God in Christ's death on the cross
You provided a cleansing from sin;
Speak the words that forgive that hence-forth we may live
By the might of your Spirit within.

Kind and merciful God, bid us lift up our heads
And command us to rise from our knees;
May our hearts now be changed and no longer estranged,
Through the power of Your pardon and peace.

~ Bryan Jeffery Leech. Words copyright © 1973 Fred Bock Music Company.

Tune suggestion:

Listen here: http://www.hymntime.com/tch/mid/e/l/f/elfaker.mid

Contemporary Song: Let Your Mercy Rain

God, You have done great things,
God, You give grace to the weak,
And bless the brokenhearted,
With a song of praise to sing.

You reached down and lifted us up,
You came running, looking for us.
And now there’s nothing,
And no one beyond Your love.

You’re the overflow,
You’re the fountain of my heart.
So let Your mercy rain,
Let Your mercy rain on us.
You’re the faithful one,
When the world’s falling apart.
So let Your mercy rain,
Let Your mercy rain on us.

How deep, how wide, how long,
How high is Your love, is Your love?
How deep, how wide, how long,
How high is Your love, is Your love, Oh God?

~ Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash, Chris Tomlin. Copyright © 2006 sixsteps Music (admin. by EMI CMG Publishing) / worshiptogether.com Songs (admin. by EMI CMG Publishing) (ASCAP) / Alletrop Music (BMI). CCLI Song # 4822853. If you use this song in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI license.

Listen to it here: http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=558472

Contemporary Song: From the Inside Out

A thousand times I've failed
Still Your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
Still I'm caught in Your grace
Your light will shine when all else fades
Your glory goes beyond all fame

Your will above all else
My purpose remains
The art of losing myself
In bringing You praise
Your light will shine when all else fades
Your glory goes beyond all fame

In my heart in my soul
Lord I give You control
Consume me from the inside out, Lord
Let justice and praise
Become my embrace
To love You from the inside out

Your light will shine when all else fades
Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart
Is to bring You praise
From the inside out
Lord my soul cries out

~ Joel Houston. Copyright © 2005 Hillsong Music Publishing (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing). CCLI Song # 4705176. If you use this song in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI license.

Listen to it here: http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=558109



This worship resource was created/compiled by Christine Longhurst. You are welcome to use it free of charge, and where appropriate, please note the source. If you are printing any of the resources for distribution, please print the source as well. The content of the worship resource does not necessarily represent the views of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, which oversees the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. For more worship resources by Christine Longhurst, see http://www.re-worship.blogspot.ca or http://www.faithmatters.ca.

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