Prayer of Confession: Proper 5 B

Here’s a prayer of confession and words of assurance based on the scripture texts for the second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5 B).  They come from the Ministry Matters website.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by 1 Samuel 8)

O God our King and our Maker,
forgive us when we try to make you in our image;
forgive us when we turn to earthly rulers
for the wisdom and strength
you have already shown us.
Fulfill your purpose in us,
that we may be your people,
your temples upon this earth,
your sisters and brothers in love and mercy.
In trust and hope, we pray. Amen.

Words of Assurance
(inspired by Psalm 138)

Even the Most High God regards the lowly
with love and compassion.
Even the perfect Christ welcomes the sinful and lost
with open arms.
Come, we are the brothers and sisters of Christ.
All are forgiven by grace.
We are the family of God.
Praise be for forgiveness in Christ’s love!

— Adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2012, © 2011 Abingdon Press by Mary Scifres. Posted on the Worship Elements page of the Ministry Matters website.