you poured out your Spirit upon gathered disciples
creating bold tongues, open ears, and a new community of faith.
We confess that we hold back the force of your Spirit among us.
We do not listen for your word of grace,
speak the good news of your love,
or live as a people made one in Christ.
Have mercy on us, O God.
Transform our timid lives by the power of your Spirit
and fill us with a flaming desire to be your faithful people,
doing your will for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
And now we pray in the words our Savior taught us,
Our Father …
— John Henry Derksen.
This prayer is part of a larger liturgy for Pentecost called On the Day of Pentecost printed in Reformed Worship magazine.
For more prayers of confession and other worship resources for Pentecost Sunday (June 12, 2011), click on Pentecost in the list of links at the lower right side of the page.