Call to Confession
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 1 John 2:1 Let us confess our sin before God, through our advocate, Jesus Christ, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession, E6A
we deserve to be condemned.
We have not kept your commandments.
All we can think about is our own desires,
our own needs,
our own wants,
our own fears,
instead of paying attention to the Spirit of Truth.
We are not loving our neighbors well at all,
and we certainly aren't loving you.
We're too busy making demands
to consider what we might learn
from the journey we are taking.
We are too busy whining about inconveniences
to pay attention to the voices
of those who are sacrificing their very selves
for the good of the whole.
Forgive our self-centeredness, O God of mercy!
Come alive in us,
and shake us out of our tunnel vision.
Remind us that it is NOT we who make ourselves,
but YOU who create us and care for us and provide for us.
Turn our fearful hearts to you, we pray,
and teach us again, what it means to wholly rely
on your grace,
that we might remember what it really means
to be your people.
Assurance of God's Grace
Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Romans 8:34 In the name of the risen Christ, who lives and reigns with God and who intercedes on our behalf, 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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