Call to Confession
God's word is firmly fixed in the heavens forever. God's faithfulness endures to all generations; God has established the earth, and it stands fast. (Psalm 119:89-90 pp) Let us confess our sin before God and seek God's unending mercy.
Prayer of Confession, E5A
Jesus called us "the salt of the earth," God,
but we do not behave like it.
Our speech is often angry
rather than gracious
We choose to walk in darkness
instead of reflecting the light of Christ
to the most vulnerable,
and the voiceless.
We fail to devote ourselves to good works,
but focus our attention
on ourselves alone
and those we love ...
those like us ...
and we judge everyone else
without walking even a mile
in their shoes.
Forgive our selfish behavior, we pray,
and restore our saltiness,
that we may indeed be seasoning
in a world that is decidedly bitter
Assurance of God's Grace
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth (God's) Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as (children). (Galatians 4:4-5) In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift!
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.
(C) February 2020, Julie Gvillo, A Place of Grace
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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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