This prayer of confession is based on Daniel 3. (I cannot wait to preach this text on Sunday!)
Sometimes we are like Nebuchadnezzar, wanting to be in charge, desperately and destructively trying to control everyone around us.
God of freedom, forgive and transform us.
Sometimes we are like the Chaldeans, jealous of those who seem more successful, malicious toward people who do not do things the proper way.
God of grace, forgive and transform us.
And we are not sure if we could, if we would, be like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, trusting you despite all odds, devoted to you even in the face of death.
God of salvation, transform our fear into faithfulness.
Assurance of Pardon:
You servants of the most high God, do not be afraid. For with God there is great mercy to forgive and there is great power to transform. So may the peace of Christ dwell within you. Amen.