Confession: Walking in Darkness

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for the third Sunday after Epiphany, Year A. It was written by Stephen Fearing and posted on Wild and Precious Life.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18)

God, our Light and Salvation,
forgive us for those moments when we have walked in darkness,
stumbling in the wilderness of quarrels, division, and bickering.
You have called us to follow you and to fish for people
but too often we think that our way is the only way to do your will.
Forgive us, Lord, for the brokenness that we bring upon ourselves.

(space for silent confessions and/or a sung kyrie)

God, the Stronghold of our Life,
hear our cry as we come to you for unity.
Send your Spirit to gather us as you desire us.
Remind us that unity does not mean uniformity.
Teach us that the “same mind” you call us to have
is not ours, but the mind of your Son, Jesus Christ,
in whose name we pray.  Amen.

~ written by Stephen Fearing, and posted on Wild and Precious Life.