Here’s a prayer of confession, followed by Words of Assurance for the 4th Sunday of Lent, Year B. It comes from the United Church of Christ website.
Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Numbers 21:4-9 and John 3:14-21)
O God of Comfort and God of Challenge,
we come to you this morning the way the Israelites did,
full of complaints and dissatisfaction.
Nothing is enough;
we do not recognize your blessing at work in our day to day lives.
Forgive us when we become so comfortable
that we moan and groan about
the most insignificant details of our lives.
In our complaints, challenge us as you did the Israelites,
to consider the bigger picture
of oppression, injustice, and inequality around us.
Forgive us when we close our eyes for fear of what you might show us;
keep sending loving and compassionate leaders
to open our eyes until we see what you see in our world.
Words of Assurance
You are blessed because God’s image resides deep within each of you.
So return God’s blessing by the way you love others.
~ written by Rev. Dr. Ginny Brown Daniel, in So Loved: Service Prayers for the Fourth Sunday of Lent. Posted on the Worship Ways page of the United Church of Christ website. http://www.ucc.org/worship_worship-ways