Confession: Beyond the Voice of Reason

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by Paul’s teaching about foolishness in 1 Corinthians.  It was posted on the Seekers Church website.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by 1 Corinthians 2:6-8, 1 Corinthians 3:18-19)

Jesus calls us to love one another,
to love everyone,
no matter how dangerous that seems.

We listen to the voice of reason,
telling us that laws and rules will keep us safe,
and that safety is the most important goal.

Jesus calls us to pour out our lives,
to give everything we have for the healing of the world.

We listen to the voice of reason,
telling us that money is the measure of success,
and that winning at all costs is always the goal.

Jesus calls us to follow him
beyond the voice of reason,
into a world of foolish hope.

Holy One, forgive us when the delusions of the world
call us away from the reality of the cross.

(Individual prayers of confession)

Words of Assurance

The foolish One,
who was born in a stable in Bethlehem
and stretched out his arms on a cross in Jerusalem,
forgives us and loves us,
no matter how crazy that seems.