At it’s heart, the Church is a group of people brought together by what God has done for them. The trouble is that the image that many see of the Church is those people and what they do and say for God, and we don’t always get it right.
I guess that’s something we’re still working on even after 2000 years; learning to follow God and to work where he’s working instead of trying to drag him along where we want to go. Which would be impossible of course, but we still try.
God has, does and will continue to use the Church in it’s many forms all over the world to do his will and to reveal himself through the Bible but sometimes, because we’re only human, we don’t do it right.
So as much to everyone outside the Church looking in as to God we say Forgive us, and help us be better.