That is why it was disappointing during your curate's recent holiday to find, at two services of Evensong according to the Book of Common Prayer, confession expresso at one church and confession niente at another.
The church at which the Confession was rushed was an Anglican evangelical parish church and the one that omitted it altogether was a Cathedral.
The consumerist narcissism of our age will surely go unchecked if the church does use every biblical means at its disposal to get us to face up to the objective truth about ourselves in God's sight - that we are great sinners in need of a great Saviour - as the exhortation prior to the BCP confession so clearly states:
Dear beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may receie forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do when we assemble and meet together...
To encourage us to reflect on our lives and to face up to the truth about ourselves, the Confession should be said slowly. To omit it altogether is spiritually disastrous.
Encouragingly, both sermons at the churches were of high quality. The one at the Cathedral on John 6 paid careful regard to the theology of John's Gospel and called for real Christian faith and commitment. That at the Anglican evangelical church on the parable of the sower in Mark 4 was outstanding.
It included teaching on the verses immediately after Jesus' explanation of the parable - v21-25 - which are very important in understanding its call to be positive and fruitful in embracing the message of Jesus' Lordship. These verses are often omitted in sermons on the parable. It was so helpful to hear them clearly explained and applied.