Hostility Fractures the Body: Prayer of Confession for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost   10 comments

Old Main Hall, Andrew College, Cuthbert, Georgia, U.S.A.

Image Source = Robbie Honerkamp


Andrew College takes its name from Bishop James Osgood Andrew, a slaveholder.  His case triggered the 1844-1845 schism in the Methodist Episcopal Church and the 1845 formation of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, which allowed its bishops to own slaves, at least until 1865 and the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The Southern denomination reunited with its parent body in 1939, however, and both groups are predecessor bodies of The United Methodist Church (1968-present).

I grew up United Methodist, steeped in that denomination’s history.


Prayer Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather:  A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA:  Geneva Press, 1985)

Corresponds to Proper 23


Said in unison:

In the name of Christ Jesus, descended from David and risen in glory, we make our confession.  Disputes arise within congregations; brothers and sisters quarrel.  Hostility fractures the body; conflict leads to suspicion and pain.  Forgive us, O God, when we continue to bear grudges; reconcile us to our neighbor as you redeem us of sin.

Prayer of Praise and Adoration for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost:

Prayer of Dedication for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost:

Posted August 23, 2010 by neatnik2009 in Pentecost/Ordinary Time 1900s

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