Jan 15, 2012

Confession: Jonah 3

Here’s a prayer of confession based on Jonah 3, the suggested Old Testament reading for January 22, 2012 (the third Sunday after Epiphany).  It was written by B.J. Beu.

Prayer of Confession
(based on Jonah 3)

Holy God,
we would rather proclaim death to our enemies,
than see them forgiven and redeemed.
Forgive our hardness of heart, O God,
and our reluctance to see your divine image
in those who hate and despise us.
Teach us to love our enemies,
that our lives may proclaim your truth—
that love is stronger than hate,
and mercy is greater than vengeance.
We ask this in the name of the Prince of Peace. Amen.

— written by B.J. Beu, and posted on the Ministry Matters website. 

For more worship resources for the third Sunday after Epiphany (January 22, 2012), click on Epiphany 3 B in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page.

For more prayers of confession/words of assurance, see the Confession Index at the upper right.