Jan 29, 2012

Confession Litany: Transfiguration


Here’s a prayer of confession litany suitable for Transfiguration Sunday (February 19, 2012).  It was written by Moira Laidlaw.

Prayer of Confession
(Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-9, Luke 9:28-36)

Lord Jesus Christ, God's glory and love shone through you that day on the mountain and you persisted in revealing that glory and love through your words and deeds; through your life of humble service.  We hear again these wonderful words of God "You are my Son, the Beloved, listen to him!.” We confess our failure to listen to you because of the influence on our lives of the gods of this world. When this happens our attitudes conceal rather than reveal your glory and your love.

If we conceal your love
because our pursuit of other priorities
prevents us from seeing and serving people in need:
forgive us, Lord.
If we conceal your glory
because all we reflect is our own self-centredness:
forgive us, Lord
If we conceal your truth
through our lack of credible witness:
forgive us, Lord.
If we conceal your justice
through our failure to empower those who are powerless:
forgive us, Lord.
If we conceal your mercy
because of our hard and unforgiving attitudes:
forgive us, Lord. If we conceal your compassion
because of our prejudice and  intolerance:
forgive us, Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ,
cleanse our lives of all shameful attitudes of  mind and heart
so that we reveal your glory
in and through all we do and say and are. 
This we pray in your name
and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Assurance of Forgiveness
(2 Corinthians 4:6)
It is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness" who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God  in the face of Jesus Christ. The good news is that we are not only enlightened by our belief in Christ, we are cleansed and we are forgiven!  Thanks be to God!

~ Moira Laidlaw, on Liturgies Online.  Visit that site for many other excellent worship resources.