A prayer of confession

Prayer of Confession

(from a service at GreenBelt, UK) 2003, read by Nora Carmi, a Christian from Palestine

 

God,

You ask for our courage to protect the powerless

but we prefer to remain safe, preserving ourselves for future challenges.

 

You ask us to speak out for justice

but we whisper, in case we are heard.

 

You ask us to stand up for what is right,

but we would rather blend in to the crowd

 

You ask us to have faith,

when doubting seems so much easier.

 

Lord forgive our calculated efforts to follow you,

only when it is convenient to do so,

only in those places where it is safe to do so,

only with those who make it easy to do so.

 

Together we pray

God forgive us and renew us;

Inspire us and challenge us

So that we might risk the journey, to your kingdom with you,

Amen

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