Call to Confession
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 Let us confess our failure to put our trust in God, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession, L1C
We have forgotten who we are, God.
We have forgotten whose we are.
We have forgotten from whence we came,
and the ways in which you have saved us,
even from ourselves.
In our arrogance and selective amnesia,
we celebrate ourselves
instead of giving thanks to you.
We claim victory over our circumstances
instead of glorifying you
for keeping your covenant with us.
Forgive us, we pray.
Recall in us the promises
you have made to a thousand generations
of those who love you.
Renew a right spirit within us,
and lead us in paths of righteousness
for your name's sake.
Assurance of God's Grace
God has promised that when we confess our sin, God will forgive us our sin, removing it as far as the east is from the west, and remembering it no more. 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 day.
we are those whose hearts long for you,
for time in your presence,
for the sound of your voice,
for the warmth of your love.
We are also the ones who hide our faces,
who run in the opposite direction,
who fear coming into your light.
Shine your light into us
and around us
and through us, we pray,
drawing us near
and healing our spirits.
We are those who veil ourselves from one another,
who propose structures that separate us,
who dread returning to the work of reconciliation
and of justice
and yet long to do your will,
even when it wearies us.
Empower us by your Spirit, Lord,
that we might return to our callings strengthened
with hearts that are open
and courage that does not wane.
We are those who love you
and love our neighbor
and with reservation.
Transform us by your Word,
living and active,
that we might drop our defenses
and see into the hearts of your created beings
with love that knows no end.
Ignite in us a passion for you
that can only be satisfied
by creating sacred space
with the expectation that we will be transformed
charged with witnessing
to your infinite glory
in all the places where those who also long
to dwell with you
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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