our Tithes and Offerings
plates are passed this morning, take time to silently meditate on
the prayer of confession printed on the back of your bulletin.
Make it personal by changing the language from "we
come to worship," to "I come to
worship." Make it your own responsive prayer.
Will the ushers
now come forward to serve...
WISDOM FROM ABOVE
Prayer of Confession
All: The righteousness that God expects of us comes from the
divine wisdom of humility and peace, not from those who exalt
their own wisdom and achievements. Today we come to worship
seeking wisdom from above.
One: Lord, we confess our romance with a culture of violence.
We know wars and rumors of wars. We know all too well the images
on the evening news, the statistics of child and spousal abuse,
the violence depicted in television programming.
All: Lord, we come seeking wisdom from above. We would make the
Prince of Peace our model and mentor.
One: Lord, we confess our fascination with technology. The
World Wide Web enables people of differing backgrounds to develop
mutual understandings and respect. The Web provides access to
libraries and schools. It redefines the words by which we live -
like truth, freedom, wisdom, memory, fact.
All: Lord, we come seeking wisdom from above. We come seeking
to be formed by you, not simply to acquire information about you.
One: Lord, we confess that we are more enamored with the Prayer
of Jabez (1 Chron. 4:10) than with the
prayer of Jesus. We want you to legitimize our possessions and
All: Lord, we come seeking wisdom from above, praying in Jesus
name: "Our Father, who art in heaven..." (join
Glenn Timmons, executive director
Congregational Life Ministries
Church of the Brethren General Board
Church of the Brethren Living Word
Anchor/Wallace, Sleepy Eye MN 56085, "The Living Word