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Confession: monsters within

Covenant-making God, you provide for us in many different ways,
and we confess that we do not always recognise you at work in the world around us.
We get impatient, wanting you to work on our schedule.
We wish for something more or different than what you have offered.
We want someone else to solve problems we have had a hand in creating.
Forgive our foolish ways, our thoughtless words, our arrogant ignorance.
Help us to face the monsters within.
Turn our eyes once again to you, and focus our hearts on your way,
that we may be faithful to your promise.
We pray in the name of the One who is lifted up in the desert,
drawing all people to himself, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

 

(A block with a Rod of Asclepius (a snake around a pole…this block should be twice the height of the other blocks) may be placed near the other blocks.)

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson

Other liturgy following the Old Testament readings for Lent B may be found here.

confession: we dismiss the gifts of children

Holy God, who revealed yourself to us as a child, forgive us when we dismiss the gifts of the children among us. Forgive us when we think their offerings are unimportant enough to relegate to a few special Sundays a year. Forgive us when we are impatient about their wiggles and giggles in our all-too-solemn worship. Forgive us if we keep them from learning your Word and joining your family by sending them away so we won’t be distracted. Forgive us for expecting 21st century children to learn in 20th century ways. Transform us, O God, not into childish people, but into your children, ready to learn, ready to listen, ready to welcome unconditionally, ready to serve. Amen.

Submitted by Stephanie Anthony, pastor at First Presbyterian Church (Hudson, WI)