Resources and reflections for worship planners and leaders
Feb 19, 2013
Prayer of Confession: The Anointing of Jesus
Here’s an act
of confession inspired by John 12:1-8 (also Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, Luke
7:36-50), where Jesus is anointed with perfume.
It comes from the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways archive.
Call to Confession
Six days before
the Passover, Jesus came to the home of Lazarus
hospitality like no one had seen before –
loving, whole-hearted, and even a little bit undignified.
Judas could only see the inefficiency of the gift,
not the spirit
of loving-kindness with which it was offered.
We, like Judas,
often want to expedite our giving
engaging with those we are called to serve.
Let us consider
the depth of our relationships with those we encounter
and with the
One who calls us to faith,
as we confess
our sin in silence.
Prayer of Confession (unison)
We confess, Anointed One, that we excuse ourselves
from reaching out to those who need your care.
We take your words – that there will always be unmet needs –
as a reason not to try to meet the needs we can.
Forgive us, and help us to change.
Renew our determination to live
as faithful followers, faithful disciples, faithful
Help us to work with you for the well-being of your
that the fortunes of all your peoples may be
Assurance of God’s Love
We, too, are a
part of the Way-Maker’s will for restoration.
We are called,
through Christ Jesus, to strive for restoration,
but we are not
called to do this work alone.
The One who has
made a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert,
equip us for all we are asked to do in Christ’s name.
empower us to attain all the potential God has placed within us.