Nov 4, 2018

Prayer of Confession: Widow's Mite


Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by the story of the widow’s mite in Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4.  It was written by Jason R. Jenkins and posted on the website of the North Carolina Council of Churches.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4)

Lord God,
We ask that by your holy light
you illuminate the instances in our lives
where we have not lived up to your name.
We denounce “obvious” evils in our society
such as murder, rape, domestic violence,
thievery, and sexual exploitation.
However, we often fail to remember
that your gospel calls us to see the world as you see it –
from the vantage point of the “least of these.”
In looking around us in this manner,
we see the daily evils that boldly counter your gospel.
We see societal ills that habitually oppress the poor.
We see societal ills that blatantly disobey your Word.
We confess that we have not been extravagantly generous
with our time, resources, or prayers.

Lord, forgive us.

Forgive us for not speaking against
an immoral budget that exploits our brothers and sisters.
Forgive us for ignoring the plight of those
unable to afford health care because of rising costs.
Forgive us for denying the tremendous damage
that racism does to our society.
Forgive us for remaining silent over issues of immigration,
the death penalty, and the need for a living wage.

Convict us to act in the name of Jesus Christ for justice and mercy,
just as you have shown toward all.
Remind us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
Forgive us, dear Lord, for our daily hypocrisy.
Cleanse our souls and our bodies
with your saving grace. Amen.

- written by Jason R. Jenkins and posted on the website of the North Carolina Council of Churches. http://www.ncchurches.org/lectionary-archive/year-b/extravagant-generosity-proper-27/