Confession based on Malachi 3

Written By:
Sara Hargreaves
Bible Refs: Mal 3:1-4
Lectionary Weeks: Second Sunday of Advent (Year C)

This confession prayer is based on the Old Testament reading for the second week of Advent in year C, but could be used at any time.  It intentionally has quite a formal tone, and also features the opportunity for silence whilst worshippers wash their hands in bowls of water.  This comes from the line in Malachi 3 about Jesus coming as a 'launderers soap'.


Excerpt from the script:

Leader - The prophet Malachi in the Old Testament spoke these words to the people of Israel: ‘I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,’ says the Lord Almighty.’

All - Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Leader - ‘But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.’

All - Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Leader - ‘He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver.’

All - Amen. Christ, have mercy...


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Sara co-leads engageworship.org together with husband Sam, drawing from her experience in music, worship and youthwork. She is also a mum of two wonderful children and they all live in groovy Luton.

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