Call to Confession
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near. (Matthew 3:2) Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, and confess our sin before God.
Prayer of Confession
God-with-us, forgive us.
We are the ones who would silence
those who speak truth to power,
those who proclaim the Good News fearlessly,
those who baptize without a license.
We are the ones who refuse to call for repentance,
to name the places where we have failed to live in love --
individually and collectively,
and to hear the Good News of healing and wholeness
for all God's people everywhere.
We are tethered to the traditions
we allow to define us.
Open our ears to the call to leave behind
that which confines us
to limited exposure
and to follow Christ into a new future,
where our hearts are opened as well,
by the Good News of salvation.
May we also be fishers of people
everywhere we go!
Assurance of God's Grace
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:17-19) In the name of the One sent to release the captives from sin, 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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