Call to Confession
All of us 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
you rest your hand upon us,
you breathe new life into us,
you put us back on our feet,
yet still we do not serve you.
you call us to stillness each day
in the morning sunrise
and the evening sunset,
in the bird's song
and the chatter of squirrels.
You offer aromatherapy
in the lavender as it blooms
and the gentle rain,
yet still we do not stop to worship you.
you speak to us of hope,
you proclaim the Good News for all,
you teach us through story
and strengthen our spirits,
yet still we do not listen.
We are searching for you
when you are right in front of us,
yet still we try to fill the emptiness we feel
with idol-worship and artificial replacements.
Forgive our failure to acknowledge
your presence in our lives
every moment of every day,
and raise us to new life in Christ
by the power of your Spirit.
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 remember it no more. (I John 1:9, Psalm 103:12, Jeremiah 31:34) 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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