Call to Confession
And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. (Hebrews 4:13) Let us confess our sin before God and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession
Bread of Life,
We are believers who wrestle with faith.
We are grumblers,
grumbling amongst ourselves
about you ...
yes, you ...
because we do not like your radical love
and extravagant grace
except when it benefits us.
We hunger and thirst for righteousness,
but our righteousness looks different than yours;
our justice is not justice in your sight.
We hunger for the Bread of Life
and thirst for Living Water.
But we wait too long between feasting,
and our bodies, minds, and spirits wane
from lack of nourishment,
and it shows in our work,
and in our energy,
in our relationships,
and in our spirits.
God, forgive us.
Tell us again how to love as you love.
Nourish us anew with the Bread of Heaven,
and raise us up with you.
Assurance of God's Grace
God said, "This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people." (Hebrews 8:10) In the name of Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of the covenant God made with God's people, 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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