Come, you travelers along the road of despair,
whose complaints are bitter,
whose mouths are filled with arguments.
You. Yes, you.
Come, you seekers who cannot see God
either before you
or behind you.
You, and all your friends.
Come, you who want to vanish
in the darkness
Come to the place called Hope
in the presence of God.
Come and worship
and be restored
in the company of believers.
From the soles of our feet
to the crowns of our heads, Lord,
we feel the pain of untold stories,
of unresolved anger
and of fear.
Hear our prayers for mercy.
Sitting in piles of ashes,
we mourn a loss of dignity
Hear our prayers for justice.
Cynical about you
and your activity in the world,
we curse you.
and our outrage
in the face of trial,
and we wonder what evil
has been unleashed
Hear our prayers for faith.
Restore to us
the joy of our salvation, Lord.
Grant peace in the face of adversity
and strength to perseverance.
Move your Spirit in and among your people
and ignite in your church
a fire of love that will burn brightly
and light the way to hope
for all who are in pain.
Call to Confession
Who among us is upright and blameless, for we all stumble in many ways. Let us confess our sin before God and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession, OT27B
Our feet have not held fast to your steps, O God;
We have not kept your way
but have turned aside.
We have departed from the commandment
of your lips,
loving not the way we have been loved;
We have not treasured the words of your mouth
more than our portion of food,
more than shelter,
more than life itself.
we mock you
and we mock others,
pretending we know better,
pretending we know more,
pretending we are qualified to sit in the seat
pretending we are sovereign.
Forgive us, we pray.
Inspire in us a heart for mercy,
a compassion that is at least decent
and at most empathetic and kind.
Strengthen our faith,
that we may trust in your activity
in our world,
and in our individual and communal lives.
Assurance of God's Grace
"Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.” (Proverbs 9:6) 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.
Welcome, you God-fearing,
Welcome, you devoted.
Welcome, you hurting and lonely.
Welcome you doubtful
Welcome, all, to a time of worship
in the presence of God.
Open your hearts to God's healing peace.
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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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