O Lord, Sovereign God, Redeemer, Holy One,
we come to your sanctuary carrying burdens that feel
too great to bear.
Our hearts have been broken by the careless words
of those who lash out from unfathomable pain
at any and all who are in their path.
Help us to heal one another
in ways that are honest and respectful and kind.
Be present, we pray,
with all who are struggling
to stand firm in the faith,
to do what is right,
in the face of vitriol and hatred.
Grant courage, Lord,
to bear the storms that threaten to overtake us.
Help us to trust in your presence.
Open our eyes to your image in your children
Make us covenant-carriers, God,
that we might dance with joy
from our churches,
into our streets,
and all the way home,
singing your praises in gratitude
for your steadfast love and faithfulness.
Call to Confession
So then, putting away falsehood, let each of (us) speak the truth with (our) neighbor, for we are members of one another. (Ephesians 4:25) Let us confess our sin before God, in the company of our siblings in Christ, and seek God's mercy:
Prayer of Confession
Do no look at us without grace, O God.
We are not truth-tellers.
We are conspiracy spreaders.
We are creators of alternative facts.
We spread falsehoods like viruses,
and build our belief systems on fear and suspicion.
We slander those with whom we disagree
in passive agressive memes on social media
behind the safety of anonymity
We shame our sisters in Christ
for making choices about their bodies and their lives
that we cannot fathom having to make.
We hoard our money,
loaning it at ridiculously high interest rates,
if we can be persuaded to share our wealth with others
We sell our children for a price.
Forgive us, we pray,
and renew a right spirit within us.
Remind us who we are and whose we are
and teach us how to live
as those who will not be moved.
Assurance of God's Grace
God has promised that when we confess our sin, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive us our sin, removing it as far as the east is from the west and remembering it no more. Hear the Good News: In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Thanks be to God!
Since God has forgiven us in Christ, let us also forgive one another.
The peace of Christ be with you.
Please extend the peace of Christ to all whom you encounter this week.
All who are wondering ...
on what it means to abide in God's temple,
make yourself at home
in the shelter of God's unconditional love.
All who are seeking
to dwell in the comfort of God's protection,
accept God's hospitality
extended in grace.
With joy and thanksgiving
for God's welcome,
let us worship God.
Julie participated in the 25th Seminar for Certified Zentangle(R) Teacher Training in June, 2019, trained by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. In addition to creating art as a personal spiritual practice, Julie also incorporates the Zentangle(R) method in Prayer Art Retreats in a variety of contexts, including church groups, friend gatherings, and at a local art gallery. Check out the Upcoming Events page for a calendar of events, or use the Contact Us page to inquire about scheduling an event with your group!
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