A Prayer of Confession for Laity Sunday

A 21st Century Africana Liturgy Resource
(Based on 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5)
God, I stand before you equipped for every good work and not working.
I haven't responded to itching ears about your sound doctrine.
I haven't told your truth or shared your word,
and I have allowed your people to wander away.

Forgive, me Lord for my idleness
Now, right, now, I turn back to you and will speak your word of love, hope, and faith as I work in ministry fully to glorify your name.

About the Author: Cheryl L. Walker, a layperson, is the Director of African American Ministries at the Discipleship Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Walker comes from the North Georgia Annual Conference.

*This listing of readings comes from The United Methodist Book of Worship and is adapted from The Revised Common Lectionary: Consultation on Common Texts (Abingdon Press, 1992) copyright © by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), P.O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Reprinted with permission of CCT.

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