Confession: 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11. It was written by Moira Laidlaw.


Prayer of Confession

Sing together: “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me/us”


As we sing about the Spirit of God falling fresh on us,

we pray for forgiveness when our words and actions

are shaped and molded by other than the Holy Spirit.

For the times when we have used the gifts 
of your Spirit to enhance our own glory

rather than using them to serve others. 
Forgive us, O God.

(silent reflection)

When our use of your gifts has led to division and discord

rather than increasing understanding and unity.
Forgive us, O God.

(silent reflection)

For believing one gift to be superior to another

rather than celebrating the various ways in which they complement each other

and build up the whole community.
Forgive us, O God.

(silent reflection)

The Holy Spirit enables us to confess Jesus as Lord

and in so doing,

we are acknowledging our total allegiance to, and love for Jesus.
Merciful God, forgive any lack of commitment by us

to love as Jesus loved and to serve as he served.  
Fill us anew with the Holy Spirit

so that our worship, witness and service may reflect our unity

and the faithful use of our diverse gifts. 

This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

Assurance of Forgiveness
The good news is that God has continued to love and save us (Psalm 36:10)

in and through Jesus,

whom we confess as Saviour and Lord

through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Friends, believe these words of grace:

In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!


~ written by Moira Laidlaw, and posted on Liturgies Online.