Here’s a prayer of confession for the third Sunday after Epiphany. It was inspired by the story of Jonah.
Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Jonah 3:1-10)
Holy One, what a blessing and privilege we share
here in this sacred space and among this loving community.
But, like Jonah, we sometimes are jealous of what we share here.
We know that others are longing and thirsting for what we know and experience.
Forgive us our reluctance to open our doors,
open our hearts to others; some like us, some not.
We repent of our hesitations and unwillingness
to witness to those we have considered strangers and even enemies
for fear they just might become friends. Amen.
Words of Assurance
The one who calls us to this place
calls us to reconciliation through grace.
God will not deny a repentant heart or an open spirit.
Know that you are forgiven
and walk in the new way that is made known to you in God’s love. Amen
~ written by the Rev. Madison Shockley, in Reluctant Evangelists: Service Prayers for the Third Sunday after Epiphany. Rev. Shockley is pastor of Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, CA. Posted on http://www.ucc.org/worship_worship-ways