Call to Confession
For waywardness kills the simple, and the complacency of fools destroys them; (Proverbs 1:32) Oh, how wayward we have gone, complacent in our foolishness and even defending it instead of confessing the error of our ways. Let us confess it now, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession
Son of Man, forgive us.
We are the wealthy, comfortable in our security,
and unwilling to give sacrificially
for the good of the neighbor in need.
Teacher, forgive us.
We are the gluttons who eat from the fatted calf
until we fall asleep in our plates,
while those around us are starving
for even a morsel of the feast we leave on the table.
Redeemer, forgive us.
We laugh as we scorn and belittle and label
and tear down,
and instead of becoming part of a solution,
we create a greater chasm to be bridged.
Speak to us in our folly,
through the words of those we respect
and will hear.
Teach us how to follow in your footsteps,
to love as we have been loved,
and to right the wrongs that cause pain
in your most vulnerable children,
so that all people everywhere
will know the blessing of abundance.
Assurance of God's Grace
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6) This is the Good News: Christ came to feed our spiritual hunger, and in Christ, the Bread of Life, we find sustenance for our souls. In 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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