Jun 2, 2011

Prayer of Confession for Pentecost

The Pentecost, Jean Resout, 1732

Our God,
we come in humility,
confessing who and what we are.
We are often unresponsive
for we are afraid.

When your Spirit speaks,
we turn deaf ears,
for we fear what you might call us to do.

When your Spirit touches our lips,
we close our mouths,
embarrassed to speak your Word.

When the wind of your Spirit blows,
we close the windows of our hearts,
afraid the breeze will disrupt our ordered lives.

When the fire of your Spirit touches us,
we quench the flame,
afraid of the new life it might bring.

Forgive us, O Lord.

— Nolan Palsma and Phyllis Palsma

This prayer of confession comes from a complete liturgy for Pentecost Sunday called On the Day of Pentecost: a Service Celebrating the Holy Spirit’s Power It was published in Issue #39 of Reformed Worship magazine.   

For more prayers of confession and other worship resources for Pentecost Sunday (June 12, 2011), click on Pentecost in the list of links at the lower right side of the page.