Call to Confession
We have gone astray like lost sheep (Psalm 119:176a). Let us confess our sin before God, seek the shepherd, and ask for God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession
Forgive us, O God.
We are far from blameless,
lording the law over others
instead of walking in the Lord's
law of Love.
We hold others to the statutes
we do not keep diligently ourselves
and wear self-righteousness like a shield,
yelling "LIAR" when others dare
to call us out on it.
All you ever asked of us
was to love one another,
and we who claim to be your people
We deserve your condemnation.
We deserve your wrath.
Yet you, O Lord, continue to shower us
with your unconditional love
Teach us to seek you with our
Fix our eyes on you
and help us to follow your example,
that the grace that is poured out over us
spills over onto those around us --
friend and foe alike --
in the name of Jesus,
whom we call Savior
Assurance of God's Grace
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all,[a] 12 training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior,[b] Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:11-13) Friends, 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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