Merciful God, we confess that our words and actions do not reflect the new life you have given us through your Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus calls us to give up everything and follow Him, yet we paralyze ourselves with so much excess. Our mounting possessions and busy schedules distract us from relationship with you, and from sharing the Good News with others. Help us, O God, to loosen our desperate grasp on the things of this world that separate us from you. Instead, guide us toward your cross, that we may we cling to you alone. Free us for joyful obedience and lives of discipleship, to the glory of your name. Amen.