Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11 and Matthew 25: 14-30, two of the suggested scripture readings for Proper 28, Year A. It was written by Bill Wessner, and posted on Confessional RCL blog.
Prayer of Confession
(inspired by 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11 and Matthew 25: 14-30)
we know who you are,
we know you bring in the kingdom of heaven.
But when you assign us the job of lighting the way,
we barely announce your divine rule to ourselves.
Our worship hour has solemn times and festivals.
And we celebrate your redemptive action in history
with our calendar - Sundays, seasons, year after year.
Yet we become drowsy: unprepared,
because we are not disciples each day, at all hours.
Those times we live for ourselves.
We do not need you right now.
So we do not want justice, unless we judge for ourselves,
and self-righteousness is easier than right relationship.
Forgive us Lord the sins we can bear to name,
Save us Lord from the sins we will not speak.
(pause for reflection and self-examination)
Our hope lives in the one we call Jesus the Christ.
Time and again we go to this hope, ready or not.
For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven.
May the flood of God's love in Christ Jesus
be poured out in our lives and cease not at this worship's end.
To the glory of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit. Amen
~ written by Bill Wessner, on his Confessional RCL blog. http://confessionrcl.blogspot.com/2011/11/cycle-lectionary-32-proper-27.html