Confession: Proper 9 B

Here’s an act of confession based on two of the suggested scripture readings for Proper 9 B, the sixth Sunday of Pentecost.  It comes from the Ministry Matters website.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Mark 6:7-13)

Merciful God,
forgive us when we are paralyzed
by confusion and doubt.
Strengthen our faith,
that we may not only believe,
but may be filled with the power
to help and heal.
When others reject or refuse our ministry,
help us to be forgiving and grace-filled.
Grant us the courage
to accept those things that cannot be changed,
that we may be freed from anger and resentment.
Forgive us when our disappointment
clouds our wisdom
and confuses our actions.
Guide us on this path of ministry,
that we may be filled
with the joy of our ministry. Amen.

Words of Assurance
(inspired by 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10)

God’s grace is sufficient for all our needs,
covering all our sins.
God’s power is made perfect in our weakness,
as Christ redeems our lives
and reconciles us fully and completely to God.
Amen and amen.

~ from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2009, © 2008 Abingdon Press.  Posted on the Ministry Matters website.