Jan 4, 2014

Prayer of Confession: Epiphany 2A

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Epiphany 2, Year A.  It comes from the Ministry Matters website.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Isaiah 49, Psalm 40, 1 Corinthians 1)

Faithful God,
you call us to be saints,
but we are more comfortable with the role of sinner;
you call us to be your servants,
but we worry that we lack the skills to do your work;
you put a new song of praise in our mouths,
but we stumble on unfamiliar words;
you show us the work to be tackled,
but we turn away defiant,
insisting we have more important things to do.

Put your song on our lips and in our hearts,
and remind us of the joy that awaits us
when we put our trust in you.
Guide us into the light
of your unwavering, never-ending,
and grace-filled love. Amen.

Words of Assurance
(inspired by 1 Corinthians 1:1-9)

God is faithful and ever-present.
The God who knew us before our birth
loves us still and strengthens us,
that we will one day be blameless.
Through the gift of Jesus Christ,
God offers forgiveness, grace, and mercy.
Enter into the light!

~ posted on the Worship Elements page of the Ministry Matters website. http://www.ministrymatters.com/worship/article/entry/4549/worship-connection-january-12-2014