Jun 21, 2012

Prayer of Confession: Mark 5: 21-43

Here’s an act of confession based on the Mark 5:21-43, the gospel reading for Proper 8 B (Ordinary 13 B) – the healing of the hemorrhaging woman, and the healing of Jairus’s daughter.  It was written by Rev. Susan A. Blain, and posted on the Worship Ways website.

Call to Confession
God calls us in our lives to take a risk,
to be like the woman in the gospel
who reaches out to Jesus for healing for herself;
or the father who risks the scorn of others
to bring Jesus to his dying daughter.
Let us ponder for a moment the places in our lives
where we may resist turning to God for healing and change.

(silence)

Litany of Confession
When we resist your call to open our hearts to allow
the freshness of your grace to enter:
God have mercy.

When we close our eyes to your new and unexpected possibilities
of healing and reconciliation. 
Christ have mercy.

When  we let fear overwhelm us,
and cling to the security of what we know
instead of risking new steps toward your freedom and justice: 
God have mercy.

Assurance of Grace
God’s mercies are fresh every morning. 
In Christ God offers forgiving grace
and welcome into a community of trust, abundance, and hope.
Let us give thanks for the mercy of God,
and pass the peace of Christ in community among us.

— written by Rev. Susan A. Blain, and posted on the Worship Ways website. http://uccfiles.com/