Oct 11, 2011

Prayer of Confession: Matthew 22: 34-40

Here’s a prayer of confession based on two of the suggested scripture readings for October 23, 2011 (Proper 25A):  Matthew 22:34-40 and Psalm 90.  It was written by Laura Bartlett.

Prayer of Praise & Confession
(based on Matthew 22:34-40 and Psalm 90)

Everlasting God,
you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Since the creation of the world,
you have nurtured us with your love.
And yet we shamefully acknowledge
that we do not always share your love with others.
We are selective about who we choose as neighbors. . .
only those who are clean,
who look like us,
who talk right,
who seem safe.
Loving God,
teach us to love you more fully.
For in loving you, our lives will show love to all others,
even as your love encompasses all your creation,
in all generations.
We pray in the name of your greatest gift of love,
Jesus Christ. Amen.

—written by Laura Jaquith Bartlett, on the Worship Elements page of the Ministry Matters website. Visit there for other great suggestions for worship on October 23, 2011.

For more worship resources related to the texts for October 23, 2011 (the nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost), click on Proper 25A in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page.

For other resources related to confession, click on Confession or words of assurance in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page, or see this Confession & Assurance index. 

For other prayers and prayer resources on this blog, see this Scriptural Prayer Index or this Topical Prayer Index.