Aug 19, 2012

Confession for Labor Day

Here’s a prayer of confession about work from the United Church of Christ website.

Prayer of Confession

We are workers, God, just like you. But we confess that our work is not always done in a manner that affirms and honors each other. Our work is not always done in a spirit that is pleasing to you. We confess that, on some occasions, we have blindly bought goods made by people who are paid too little or work in unsafe conditions. We admit that we have failed to end an unjust system in which some workers have jobs that provide good wages and benefits while other may have no job, or one that pays little and provides few benefits. 

Creator God, help us to be your people, working for a world where all workers are valued. A world where those who clean houses are also able to buy houses to live in. A world where those who grow food can also afford to eat their fill. And one where those who serve us—in stores, schools, hotels, restaurants, nursing homes, and many other places—are also served by us. It will be a world where all workers everywhere share in the abundance that you have given us.

Words of Assurance
Our God is a God of grace and transformation. When we ask, God gives us the courage and strength to live out our faith in the workplace and the marketplace, as well as in the sanctuary.

~ posted on the United Church of Christ’s website.  See that site for additional worship resources for Labor Day. http://www.ucc.org/justice/worker-justice/labor-sunday/worship-resources.html