Oct 8, 2012

Prayer of Confession: Have Mercy


Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by Mark 10:46-52, where Jesus heals Bartimaeus of blindness.

Prayer of Confession
(based on Mark 10:46-52)

When we want to be a church ever-reforming,
yet cling to comfortable ways:
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us!

When we want to honor your “still speaking voice”,
but are fearful of insights which challenge old assumptions:
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us!

When we want to live into Jesus’ dream of oneness,
but fail to listen to voices of difference:
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us!

Words of Assurance

Take heart, get up; Jesus is calling to us!
We trust in the one who has guided the church for two millennia.
Through Christ, God forgives us our failings,
and continues to call us into a community of mutual love and forgiveness. 
Let us celebrate this mercy of God
by greeting each other with a sign of Christ’s peace. 

~ written by the Rev. Bonnie Tarwater, and posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website.  http://www.ucc.org/worship/worship-ways/