Call to Confession
The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom (we are) the foremost. (1 Timothy 1:15) Let us confess our sin before God and seek God's mercy:
Prayer of Confession
Look at us, God, pointing at sinners
as though we are not all saint and sinner alike.
Look at us, God, shouting "hypocrite!"
without examining our own hypocricy.
Have mercy on us, we pray,
though we hardly deserve it,
given our lack of mercy for others.
Forgive our inclination to believe
that rules are for everyone
Hear our prayers of repentance.
Hear our desire to be
Help us to move from a finger-pointing people
to a people of love
Assurance of God's Grace
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water[a] of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. 6 This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:3-7) 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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