Call to Confession
Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. (John 12:35) Let us move from the darkness to the light, confessing our sin before God and seeking God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession (the beginning taken from Jeremiah 7:23-24)
Forgive us, God,
for we have not obeyed you
or inclined our ears,
but have walked in our own counsels,
and the stubbornness of our evil hearts,
and we have gone backward
instead of forward.
Oh, that we would be willing
to celebrate the work you are doing
in and among us
and to join in it
instead of fighting it
Hear our cries for mercy, O God,
and renew in us a right spirit,
that we might know you as our God
and ourselves as your people,
with hearts made of flesh
instead of stone,
and compassion for those around us
who need your tender care.
Assurance of God's Grace
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18) Hear the Good News: 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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