Confession: Ephesians 4: 1-16

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by Ephesians 4:1-16, the suggested epistle reading for the tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13 B, Ordinary 18 B).  It comes from the Ministry Matters website.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Ephesians 4:1-16)

God of unity and love,
place within each of us
a spirit of hope and community.
Have mercy upon us
when we speak without love
or act without humility.
Cleanse us with the living water of your grace.
Create in us willing hearts
to live in patience and gentleness.
Raise us up to be your children,
growing toward maturity
in faith and love.
Strengthen this church,
that we may be a model
of ministry and unity
for all the world to see.
In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.

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