Call to Confession
Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. (1 John 2:10-11) Let us confess our sin before God, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession, L5A
Oh, that we had the faith of Martha, Lord,
for in our trials
and out of frustration,
we cry out to you, expecting you to right
all that is wrong in our world
Oh, that we had the assurance of Mary,
to fall at your feet
and worship you
even when our despair is more than we can maage.
The stench of our greed and selfishness
is great, O God,
yet it is in the open now,
and everyone is a witness to the ways in which
we have failed to love our siblings in faith.
Forgive us, we pray,
and raise us up to new ways of living
where kindness and compassion are the order of the day,
where connectedness becomes a priority,
where the desire for another's wellbeing overrides our desire
to indulge ourselves.
If we have learned nothing else as your children,
may we learn to love one another
as you love us.
Assurance of God's Grace
In Jesus is light, and the life is the light of all people. (John 1:4, pp) 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 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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