Call to Confession
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10) Let us then confess our sin, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession (taken in part from Psalm 51)
we have sinned
and before you;
we are no longer worthy
to be called your children.
In greed and discontent,
we have demanded
that which is not yet ours to take
and squandered it
We know our transgressions, Lord,
and our sin is ever before us.
Against you, you only,
have we sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence,
and blameless when you pass judgment.
Forgive us, we pray,
and lead us back to you
where we may express our deep love
for all we have received
and in mercy and compassion,
welcome your wayward children home
Assurance of God's Grace
For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15) 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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