Jeremiah 9:23-24; 24:1-10
Mark 11:27-33 [AND Mark 12:35-37 if Ascension not observed]
OR Luke 20:1-8 [AND Luke 20:41-47 is Ascension not observed]
PRAYER OF CONFESSION [from GREATER ATTENTION: LERW, YEAR D]
Almighty God, we live among a generation that constantly questions authority. We confess that we too have been slow to heed your messengers, to acknowledge the authority of your Word and your Spirit, to believe and obey the gospel of your Son, our Sovereign, Jesus Christ. We have too often feared human opinions more than your holy judgments. Forgive us, LORD, for our rebellion and for the bad fruit we have borne. Make us new by the transforming power and grace of your Spirit, that we might gain victory over the strongholds that have bound us, and bear good and lasting fruit for the kingdom of your beloved Son, in whose holy name we pray.