A Matthean Confession

A Prayer of Confession based on Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus, in your days on earth there came a day when you sent your men ahead of you, as your Father God had sent Joseph ahead, to prepare the ground for the next thing.   And after you had sent them ahead, and after you had completed the work you were doing that day, you went high to pray.  When evening came, you were alone.

But even in your solitude you were not as alone as your men in the boat: battered by the waves, far from the land, the wind was against them.

 And so, early in the morning you came walking towards them on the lake; but when they saw you, miraculous you, you who is lord of bread and fish and high place and water, they were terrified and they cried out in fear.

But immediately you spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’

Lord, like the men in the boat, sometimes we forget that we have been sent.  Even in the work of the sending, the sailing of the boat and the stocking of the stores, the elements overtake us and we lose heart such that even the very sight of you is frightening to us.

Lord, forgive us.  Strengthen our faith in you and in your provision in our sending.

Christ, forgive us.  Bring us to the place where we see you as our Lord and the true Son of our God.

Lord forgive us.  Speak the words over us that we are safe, the storm is outside the boat but we are within, and that our sins are forgiven.

Amen.

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