While attending a virtual service a few weeks back, I was blessed to experience a wonderful confession and absolution prayer from the inspiring Nancy Townley of Ministry Matters. I felt it was something worth sharing, and so I present them to you.
Gracious God, so often we look at ourselves, our gifts, and our talents, and wonder what you would do with these offerings. We don’t think that we have much to give. So, far too many times, we belittle the gifts and turn our backs on the needs and opportunities present to serve, believing that our gifts cannot possibly make a difference. We think that we must possess the greatest of talents and wealth in order to truly please and serve you. How foolish we are! Forgive us when we stop listening to your healing and comforting words and focus on our anxieties. Heal us, Lord. Help us know that you have given to us such blessings and that these blessings are truly wonderful and meant to be used to joy and service to others. Help us to bring our lives, just as they are, to you and to receive your gentle touch and healing grace. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
God has given to each one of us such blessings and talents. With joy, we bring these gifts to God. You are blessed by God’s absolute love for you. Rejoice in that love and find healing and hope. AMEN.
Nancy Townley – Ministry Matters