Call to Confession
"Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of you according to your ways," says the Lord God. "Repent and turn from all your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin." (Ezekiel 18:30) Our hope is in the God of second chances, therefore let us confess our sin and seek God's mercy!
Prayer of Confession
We are slow to recognize our own sin
and to repent of it
an turn toward you,
yet we are swift to judge the sin of others
and to weight it heavily
shaking our heads
It is not even that we bear bad fruit
but that we bear no fruit
to nourish others
in the kin-dom of God.
Forgive us, we pray.
Nurture us with the tender care
of a patient gardener
and help us to blossom
according to the love you lavish on us,
that we may provide shelter
for the vulnerable
and food for the hungry
and protection from the storm
as symbols of your unfailing love
in a weary world.
Assurance of God's Grace
God so loved the world that God sent God's only son into the world so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send God's son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17) 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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