Call to Confession
Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,” will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations, but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them. (Proverbs 24:24-25) Let us confess our sin before God and receive God's mercy and God's blessing.
Prayer of Confession, OT26B
We do not like it, Lord,
when others disagree with us,
when the world laughs at our bravado,
when strangers refuse to bow
to our way of being in the world.
and lash out defensively
with angry words
and we rally our troops around us
on the basis of sheer
narcissism, and self-righteousness.
Our egocentric attitudes
block out any and all ability
to see other humans
as children of God,
and we pray for their destruction,
for their demise,
and for our own victory.
open our eyes to our own ignorance.
Forgive our single-minded self-centeredness,
and open our eyes
to the lies we have perpetuated
Transform our hearts, O merciful God,
before we destroy ourselves
and others with us,
that hope will reign,
and your eternal glory
will be made known throughout the earth.
Assurance of God's Grace
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side— let Israel now say— if it had not been the Lord who was on our side when people rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us; (Psalm 124:1-3) In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!
Since we have been forgiven in Christ, let us also forgive one another. The peace of Christ be with you.
Please extend the peace of Christ to those whom you encounter this day ... especially those with whom you disagree.
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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