Prayer of Confession: Good Samaritan

Here’s is a prayer of confession based on the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37).  It was written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies.

Unison Prayer of Confession

(inspired by Luke 10: 25-37)

They may not be beaten down or lying by the road,
but there are people we pass by, Watching God.
Some are family and friends
we take so much for granted
we cannot see how we have stripped
them of our love and compassion.
Others are neighbors:
who have been left half-dead by crushing work;
who have fallen into the hands of despair;
who have been abandoned by all those
who walked on by them.
Many are strangers, people we don't know,
but quickly judge:
they are weak,
or poor,
or the enemy
or because they remind us of who
we once were, or could become.

Rescue us from the power of our sins,
Righteous One of all generations.
Pour out your justice on us,
rather than your judgement,
that we would be moved with pity,
and spurred to action;
that we would hear of the hope that is ours,
and share it with our sisters and brothers;
that we would shower mercy on all we meet,
even as we have received forgiveness for our sins
through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

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