Call to Confession
So then, putting away falsehood, let each of (us) speak the truth with (our) neighbor, for we are members of one another. (Ephesians 4:25) Let us confess our sin before God, in the company of our siblings in Christ, and seek God's mercy:
Prayer of Confession
Do no look at us without grace, O God.
We are not truth-tellers.
We are conspiracy spreaders.
We are creators of alternative facts.
We spread falsehoods like viruses,
and build our belief systems on fear and suspicion.
We slander those with whom we disagree
in passive agressive memes on social media
behind the safety of anonymity
We shame our sisters in Christ
for making choices about their bodies and their lives
that we cannot fathom having to make.
We hoard our money,
loaning it at ridiculously high interest rates,
if we can be persuaded to share our wealth with others
We sell our children for a price.
Forgive us, we pray,
and renew a right spirit within us.
Remind us who we are and whose we are
and teach us how to live
as those who will not be moved.
Assurance of God's Grace
God has promised that when we confess our sin, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive us our sin, removing it as far as the east is from the west and remembering it no more. Hear the Good News: 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 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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