Prayer of Praise & Confession, Genesis 32, Pentecost 9A — Ana Gobledale, UK

Based on Genesis 32.22-31

 

God, we come with praise and gratitude.

Thank you for your word, for speaking to us anew today.

In faith and trust, we open our ears and minds to you.

We know you are with us in the rush of life.

God, you see us as we truly are,

with our secrets and shames,

our dreams and hopes.

We crave your blessing and direction.

 

We confess that we have walked in dark places.

This week our hearts are contrite

with the memories of the Battle of Passchendaele 100 years ago,

and the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

— the horrors human beings can commit toward one another.

In your mercy, cleanse us from all evil,

forgive us the sins that are past,

and bless us with your insights for the future.

Bless us, as you blessed Jacob,

with perseverance to find new ways of living in your peace

and in the wisdom of your Spirit.

May this time of worship renew and strengthen us

to live out the blessing we receive from you.

Amen.