Sep 15, 2013

Prayer of Confession: Jeremiah 29

Here’s a litany of confession and assurance inspired by Jeremiah 29. It was written by Katherine Hawker.

Litany of Confession and Assurance
(inspired by Jeremiah 29)

But thus says the Lord:
Seek shalom wherever you are,
and pray to the Lord
for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We find ourselves in exile caused by
relationships, economics, and failing health.

But thus says the Lord:
Seek shalom wherever you are,
and pray to the Lord
for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We feel used by people and systems,
sometimes even abused.

But thus says the Lord:
Seek shalom wherever you are,
and pray to the Lord
for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We thirst for God's promised justice through swift vengeance.

But thus says the Lord:
Seek shalom wherever you are,
and pray to the Lord
for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We strive to protect our families and our interests from any wrath.

But thus says the Lord:
Seek shalom wherever you are,
and pray to the Lord
for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We long for the day when passive peace will prevail.

But thus says the Lord:
Seek shalom wherever you are,
and pray to the Lord
for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

May our actions embody our prayers
for the healing of the community
and therein may we find our long awaited wholeness.
Amen.

~ written by Katherine Hawker, 1998. Posted on Liturgies Outside. http://liturgyoutside.net/