Sovereign Lord, As we read these words from Hosea spoken to the nation of his day, we are prompted to reflect on the condition of our own land and to confess our sins before you and seek your forgiveness and favor. You have given us great stature among the nations of the world; when we speak, men tremble. But we know that if we do not turn from our sin, we will be like Ephraim; we will be like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears, like chaff swirling from a threshing floor, like smoke escaping through a window. We acknowledge that you have cared for us as a people, and when you fed us, we were satisfied. But we confess that when we were satisfied, we became proud, and then we forgot you. We confess that we have rebelled against you as our God and that our sins have been our downfall. We agree with the prophet that the wise realize these things and the discerning understand them. We join together to affirm that you are the Lord our God. We acknowledge, on our own behalf and on behalf of our land, that there is no God but you, no Savior except you. We ask you to ransom us from the power of the grave and redeem us from death. We pray that you will work among us so that we will return to you as the Lord our God, and that we will bring words with us when we come to you, words of repentance. We ask you to forgive all our sins, and receive us graciously, that we may offer to you the fruit of our lips. We acknowledge that in you the fatherless find compassion, and we pray that you will heal our waywardness and love us freely. We pray that your anger will turn away from us, and that you will be like the dew and cause us to blossom like a lily. May we send our roots down into you like a cedar of Lebanon, and may our splendor be like an olive tree. May we flourish like grain and blossom like a vine. We pray that you will answer us and care for us. We declare that your ways, Lord, are right, and that the righteous walk in them. We acknowledge that our fruitfulness, all of it, comes from you. This we ask in the name of Jesus, amen.