Confession: Proper 16 B

Here’s a prayer of confession based on 1 Kings 8 and Ephesians 6:10-20, two of the suggested scripture readings for Proper 16 B (Ordinary 21 B), the thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost. 

Prayer of Confession
(based on 1 Kings 8, Ephesians 6:10-20)

Mighty One of Israel,
we walk in paths well trodden
by generations of fellow believers.
We love to claim you as our God
and to be known as your people.
We love to hear the great deeds of the saints
who went before us.
We love to count ourselves
in their mighty company.
Forgive our hesitancy
to build our own monuments
to your importance in our lives.
Forgive our reluctance
to put on our own armor of faith
as we face the powers of sin and death
in our own lives. Amen.

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