Confession: 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9.  It was written by Marilyn K. Levine.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9)

Righteous God, we confess with sorrow
that we often forget who has given us light,
who has made our garden grow with waters of love. 
We forget your living word
and move off your paths to serve our own worldly desires. 
We leave your cultivated field
to venture out into the wilderness on our own. 
We quarrel with one another trying to decide “who is the greatest.”
We make our own faces the benchmark for all faces. 
Help us to remember Jesus,
reconciling the whole variegated world in himself.  

Words of Assurance

Thank you for calling us back,
for never giving up on us when we turn aside,
for always loving us,
even when we forget who we are and who you are.
We know you, as the greatest Gardener of all,
who has promised always to replant us in flourishing fields.

~ written by The Rev. Marilyn K. Levine, and posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website.