Call to Confession
Pride goes before destruction
and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18) Let us confess our sin before the Lord and seek God's mercy:
Prayer of Confession
You know what they say
about those who assume,
Well ... we've done that.
We've assumed power.
We've assumed authority.
We've assumed greatness.
We've assumed it by birthright,
by socio-economic class.
We've even assumed it
because we bear your name.
Look where it has gotten us:
angry, divided, broken, at war.
Forgive us, O God.
Even Jesus, who being in the very nature of God,
did not consider equality with God
something to be used to his own advantage,
but rather ... took on the nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
Who are we that we should make ourselves
judge and jury,
prophet, priest, and royalty?
Humble our hearts, Lord,
even if it hurts,
and remind us what servanthood means,
that we might live according to your example.
Assurance of God's Grace
For God so loved the world that God sent God's only Son that all who believe in him should not perish but have everlasting life. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17) 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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