Prayer of Confession: Proper 8 B

Here’s a thoughtful act of confession from Thom Shuman’s Lectionary Liturgies site.

Call to Reconciliation

There is nothing, nothing, which can divide us—
in life and death—from God.
So let us confess our worst faults and eager failings,
so we may be touched
by the healing power of God.

Unison Prayer of Confession

We want to touch the hem of your garment, O God.
Forgive us for being afraid to touch
those who come to us for hope;
we want to love the whole world:
forgive us for ignoring our neighbor;
we long for peace:
forgive us for the pain we inflict
on our families and friends;
we want to share with those we love and like:
forgive us for walking past
those who need you most.

Forgive us, Loving God, that we do not excel
in everything you call us to do.
Give us grace:
to touch those who frighten us;
to carry the Bread of Life to the hungry;
to offer the blessings of the kingdom
to everyone we meet,
even as you have graced us in Christ Jesus,
our Lord and Savior.

Silent prayers may be offered

Assurance of Pardon

Listen to the Good News!
Hope in God, for God's love has no ending;
God fills us with grace and hope, this day,
and forever.
God hears our voice, and listens to our
prayers, redeeming us from all our sins.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

— written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies.  Visit that site for other wonderful lectionary-based worship resources.