“Gracious God, my sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo.* Forgive what my lips tremble to name,* what my heart can no longer bear,* and what has become for me a consuming fire of judgment.* Set me free from a past that I cannot change;* open to me a future in which I can be changed;* and grant me grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image;* through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.”
(from The Covenant Book of Worship, p.349-350)
This prayer / litany was used by me on various occasion, to most effective ends, most recently during our Good Friday Service of Tenebrae (shadows) 2013. It has a way of speaking deeply to people in 1st person perspective.