Prayer of Confession: After Christmas

Here’s a prayer of confession for the Sunday after Christmas.  It was written by Rev. Nancy J.

Prayer of Confession
On this the sixth day of Christmas,
as another year draws to a close,
we come together before God and with one another,
the ways in which we have been caught up
   in the frenzied spirit of the holidays
   and turned away from Your Spirit of Peace;
the times we have focused so much on our own lives and desires,
   that we have neglected the voices of your children
   who cry out for Justice;
in our focus on making the season perfect,
   we have turned away from the hurting people
   and broken places in our world in need of Healing;
in the times we have dismissed Christmas as a time only for children,
   and we have stubbornly closed our hearts to your amazing gift of Love.

O Holy Child of Bethlehem, Word Become Flesh,
   our Savior and King, hear us as we humbly pray,

Cast out our sin and enter in; be born in us today. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon
Hear the good news of Christmas.
Today God reveals to us the wonders of divine love.
For unto us a Child is born;
unto us a Son is given.
His name shall be called Wonderful,
      the Mighty God,
         the Everlasting Father,
            the Prince of Peace.

— Rev. Nancy J, on her blog, wonderings through life and other such nonsense

For more worship resources for Advent and Christmas, see the indexes at the top right side of this blog, or click on Advent or Christmas in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page.

For more confession resources, click on Confession or Words of Assurance in the list of “Labels” at the lower right, or see the Confession/Assurance index at the upper right.