We have come into God’s presence;
Maker of the heavens and earth.
He created us to love him;
To serve him as his precious child.
We have disobeyed and errored,
Thus deserving wrath and anger.

Lord, to you I make confession:
I have sinned and gone astray;
I have multiplied transgression,
Chosen for myself my way.
Led by you to see my errors, Lord,
I tremble at your terrors.

Lord, on you I cast my burden
Sink it in the depths below!
Let me know your gracious pardon;
Wash me, make me white as snow.
Let your Spirit leave me never;
Make me only yours forever.

For your Son has suffered for me,
Giv'n himself to rescue me,
Died to save me and restore me,
Reconciled and set me free.
Jesus' cross alone can vanquish
These dark fears and soothe this anguish.

Text: Johann Franck, 1618-77, abr.; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78, alt. Tune: Tracy Fedke, b. 1975, arr. Koiné