Prayer Of Confession • Jesus’ Burial

When I preached on Jesus’ burial, I wrote this Prayer of Confession. I think it would work well during a Service of Tenebrae, but especially a Holy Saturday service, if you do one.

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Prayer of Confession • Jesus’ Burial
Rev. Sarah Weaver

Powerful and almighty God, we give you thanks for the transformative work that you have done in this world. As we wait for resurrection in this story, we confess that there are times in our own lives when we lack patience; when we do not trust that resurrection is coming, that redemption is possible and that grace will prevail. Infuse, within us, the fortitude to simply be in your presence – and to trust that you will carry us through whatever we might face on the journey that lies ahead. Amen.

 

Prayer Of Confession (Jesus’ Death • Good Friday)

With the Year of Mark rapidly drawing to a close at RCC, I needed a Prayer of Confession that would tie into the story of Jesus’ crucifixion last week.  This would be a good one to adapt and use on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday next year!

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Prayer of Confession (Jesus’ Death • Good Friday)
Rev. Sarah Weaver

Creating, redeeming and sustaining God, we confess that the story we are about to hear is a hard one. It was tempting to skip worship this morning; to come back when it is time to celebrate resurrection.
     And yet we know that this part of the story is just as important to read as the rest of it. We know that it is important to acknowledge the things in this world that are hard as we seek to do the transformative work you are calling us to do.
Keep us focused in worship today and then as we leave this space as we seek to shine light into the darkness,  share love in the midst of hatred and uncover grace where hope seems lost. Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession {General}

I needed a Prayer of Confession last week that was general and just a nice reminder of the importance of taking a moment and talking to God about the times where we fell short throughout the week.  I love when the prayers tie directly into what the service is about, but we had a lot going on and there wasn’t really a good way to touch on everything.  I wrote this and I think I’ll use it again at some point!

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Prayer of Confession {General}
Rev. Sarah Weaver

Gracious and loving God, we come to you today, reflecting on the week gone by and also gathering strength and wisdom for the week that is to come. Help us to look carefully at the moments where we may have strayed from your mercy; where we made mistakes or spoke words that we now wish we could take back. Grant us the wisdom we will need to learn from our faults; from the imperfections that open us up to your grace. Illuminate the journey that lies ahead and remind us of your steadfast presence so that we can leave the safety of this worship space and be better equipped to proclaim the Goods News of Jesus Christ. Amen.