Call to Confession
Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22 In our brokenness, let us turn to the Lord our God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, who alone is God, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession, Advent 1C
"Watch for this,"
you said, God.
But we are not watching.
We have turned our heads
to see the spectacles happening around us
instead of focusing our gaze
on the ways in which you are working
in our midst.
"The time is coming,"
But we are not waiting.
We are racing ahead of you.
We are celebrating the not yet
instead of living in the anticipation
"I will keep my promise,"
And you did.
But we have not kept ours.
We have been less than faithful
in our sacrificial offerings
and in our worship.
Forgive us, we pray.
Set things right in us,
that, renewed by your Spirit,
we may kneel at the feet
of the One who is and was and is to come.
Assurance of God's Grace
And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. Jeremiah 32:38-40a 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.
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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