Apr 24, 2013

Prayer of Confession: Ascension


Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by the suggested scripture texts for Ascension Day.  It was written by Rev. Malcolm Macdougall, and posted on the Starters for Sunday website.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Luke 24: 44-53, Acts 1: 9-11)

“You are witnesses of all these things….” Luke 24: 48

Too often, Lord God,
we are hesitant in our proclamation;
seeking safe and suitable opportunities to speak of our faith.

Too often, Lord God,
we are half-hearted in our service;
reluctant to stand out from the crowd or to attract criticism.

Too often, Lord God,
we live as if dependent wholly on our own resources;
relying on our perceived skills and modest insights.

Too often, Lord God,
we look to the clouds for our inspiration,
in the vain hope of finding you there.

Forgive the poverty of our efforts and the frailty of our faith
and open wide our hearts and minds to the immanent presence
of our Risen, Living and Ascended Lord Jesus Christ .
In his name we pray and say together:
“Our Father …”

~ written by Rev. Malcolm Macdougall, and posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website. http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/