Call to Confession
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Let us confess our sin before God, who sent God's only Son to save us, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession, Easter Sunday, Year A
Here we are, God,
with an empty tomb in front of us,
and still we refuse to follow ...
still we refuse to believe.
We claim to be your disciples, yet
we stand outside, confused and confounded
by the vastness
of your love,
unable to comprehend what it means to love another
to the point of obedience on the cross.
Why would you choose the isolation of death
over communal life
even if it means that others will die?
Why would you not put yourself ahead of those
who stand in judgment?
God, Almighty, we do not understand!
Open our eyes to this miracle of life!
Help us to see that LOVE WINS!
Teach us the compassion and grace
to love as you have loved us
in the sure and certain hope
that one day soon,
the face coverings will be laid aside,
and we will walk out into the world
where we will truly see you as we have never seen you before
And then, we will know what love is
because we will have learned what it means
to lay aside one's life for another.
May it be so.
Assurance of God's Grace
God did not send God's Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. In the name of the risen Christ, we are forgiven! Alleluia! Amen.
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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