Call to Confession
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) Let us confess our sin before God and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession
This is us, God,
standing on the edge of the cliff,
prepared to push you over it.
We are angry with the prophets
who dare to call us to behave
as children of God.
We will preach Good News to the poor
by telling them from our place of privilege
how they can (and should) do better.
We have no interest in announcing pardon
to anyone except our own,
because we are blind ourselves,
and we are not looking to recover our sight.
The only burdens we are looking to release
are the burdens of dealing with people
who disagree with us.
Forgive us, God.
Do not slip away from us.
We need you.
Reach out and knock the self-righteousness
right out of us, we pray.
Teach us humility,
Assurance of God's Grace
God has promised that when God's people confess their 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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