Call to Confession
So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (Matthew 23:28) Let us confess our hypocrisy before God and seek God's mercy:
Prayer of Confession
heal us of our Pharisaical adherence
to the letter of the law
and our absolute disdain
for the spirit of it.
We stand with fingers pointed
of those who are seeking
to care for your people,
to do the very things you call us to do
with love and with grace,
and we blast them for their gall
at loving outside the lines,
at healing on the Sabbath,
at providing care that may not be perfect
but is better than nothing.
Curiously, we find excuses for the times
when we are rule-breakers ourselves
and for far less noble intentions.
Forgive us, we pray,
and open our hearts to a new way
Help us to stand up for what is loving
with the same degree of passion
that we stand up for
what serves our own interests.
Assurance of God's Grace
God has promised that when we confess our sin, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive us our sin, removing it as far as the east is from the west and remembering it no more. 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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