Confession: Proper 9 B

Here’s an act of confession based on the scripture readings for Proper 9 B (Ordinary 14 B).  It was written by Thom Shuman.

Unison Prayer of Confession

You know how stubborn we can be, Holy God.
You call us to serve others,
   and we stay in the coolness of our own homes.
You would send us to where the hopeless live,
   but we are reluctant to leave the comfort of our complacency.
You would feed us on the peace and joy of your word,
   but we pull our chairs up to the tables of those
   who serve false promises.

Forgive us, Guiding God.
Transform our defiance into discipleship,
and our rejection of others into the resurrection
   of welcoming all people as sisters and brothers in Christ.
Help us to love as faithfully as you have always loved us,
and send us forth to take the good news of Jesus Christ
   to everyone we meet.

Silent Prayers may be offered

Assurance of PardonWe open our lips and confess our hearts.
God hears our words and make us new,
sending us our to bring hope and joy to all the world.
We hear the good news,
we believe the good news,
we will live out the good news.
Thanks be to God. Amen!

~ written by Thom Shuman (2006), and posted on Lectionary Liturgies. Visit that site for many other excellent lectionary-based worship resources.