Call to Confession
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others. (Matthew 23:23) Let us confess our sin before God, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession
Are you looking for justice from your people, God?
You won’t find it here.
Here, your people murder one another in the streets
and in department stores
and in schools
and in nightclubs.
Here, injustice runs bloodred.
Cries of the victims
and their families
echo throughout the city.
No, there is no justice here, O God,
in spite of the myriad of ways
you have taught us to love,
our love comes with conditions …
rules about skin color
and gender identification
and sexual orientation,
rules about political viewpoint
and cultural backgrounds
and theological beliefs.
Forgive us, O God,
and cover us with your grace,
inspiring in us a desire for justice that heals and uplifts
in your name.
Assurance of God's Grace
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:4 In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven, thanks be to God! Let us live as people of grace.
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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