Call to Confession
"Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter," Jesus said. (Mark 3:28) Let us confess our sins and blasphemies, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession
Forgive us, God.
Your church has become a rumor mill,
creating false narratives ...
alternative facts ...
fake news ...
out and out lies ...
about justice work
because it threatens our egos
and our separateness.
We have distorted your message
for our own purposes,
to secure our positions.
We have revised history
to support the belief
that we are your chosen,
and not those who don't look like us,
who don't love like us,
who don't live like us.
We are not who you have called us to be.
Have mercy on us!
Teach us to obey your law of love
with hearts that are open,
transformed by your grace
and overflowing with gratitude,
that we may truly be called your siblings
and live, indeed, as those who are.
Assurance of God's Grace
Jesus said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:34b-35) In the name of Jesus Christ, our sibling, 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.
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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