Confession: Luke 1: 46-55

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by Mary’s song in Luke 1:46-55.  It was written by Thom Shuman.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Luke 1:46-55)

Every notion we have about power, success,
wealth, and achievement,
God takes and tosses out the window.
More importantly, God comes to us,
to upset our notion that we have to save ourselves.
In Jesus, God comes to us,
removing our sin, our failures, our expectations,
so we might have new life.
Please join me as we pray, saying,

We confess we are not the people you hope us to be, Advent God.
The very ones you favor, we too often ignore or ridicule.
The ones you knock off their pedestals,
we admire and emulate.
We are so focused on having more and more,
we risk being sent away empty. 

Forgive us, Mighty God,
and look with grace upon us.
We would live secure in your love;
we would be the ones of peace for our world,
we would seek to do your will,
as did Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior,
in whose name we pray.

Silence is kept

Even now—yes, even in this very moment,
God comes to us,
   bringing hope,
      bringing forgiveness,
         bringing grace as freely offered gifts to us.
May we open our hearts to the God who is with us,
and receive the gifts which have been offered to us.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

~ written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies.