Prayer of Confession: Advent 1A

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for the first Sunday of Advent, Year A. It was written by Rev. Elizabeth Aguilar.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Romans 13:11-14)

Forgiving God,
we confess to You that there are times
when we would rather stay asleep in sin
instead of awakening to live in your light.

We confess that we would rather be
people who do not lay aside the works of night.

We do not trust that your armor of light is sufficient for us.

Instead, we quarrel, we are jealous
and live only to gratify our own desires.

Give us courage, O God,
to trust in your ways, in your peace, and in your good.

In Christ's name we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

The good news of Advent is Christ's love and forgiveness of sin.
Thanks be to Christ who sets us free to love and to serve.
Rejoice! For in Christ we are forgiven!

~ written by Rev. Elizabeth Aguilar, in First Sunday of Advent: Peace Within All Walls. Posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website.