Call to Confession
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! (2 Corinthians 2:10-11a) Let us bow before the throne of grace in godly grief and seek God's grace:
Prayer of Confession (based on Isaiah 1:16-17 and Galatians 5:22, cross-references of Luke 3:8)
God of mercy and compassion,
Wash us; make us clean;
remove the evil of our doings
from before your eyes;
Transform us, so that we cease to do evil,
learn to do good;
rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
and plead for the widow,
producing in us the fruits of your Spirit:
love, joy, peace, patience,
generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Assurance of God's Grace
Thus says the Lord,
"though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be like snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool." (Isaiah 1:18)
In the name of the promised Messiah, 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.
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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