Here’s a prayer of confession and commitment based on the story of Jonah, and Jesus’ call of the disciples in Mark 1:14-20 – suggested scripture texts for the third Sunday of Epiphany (January 22, 2012). It comes from the website of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
Prayer: Make Us Followers
(based on Jonah 3, Mark 1:14-20)
Forgiving God, like Jonah we resist when asked to tell the story.
We find it hard to confess the name of Jesus.
We are awkward and feel inadequate.
But you have called us to speak and to act.
Like Simon and Andrew, James and John,
help us to rise up and follow wherever you lead.
Lord of surprising light, make us followers.
— from Lift Up Your Hearts: Worship and Spirituality Site of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). http://www.worship.ca/
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