Call to Confession
Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. (Romans 8:33) Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence and seek God’s mercy:
Prayer of Confession
you are our fortress
and our strength,
an ever-present help in times
Your faithfulness to us
is beyond our imagination.
Forgive our waywardness, we pray.
We have allowed the world
and its flash and furor
to tear our attention away
We have lost patience with waiting,
and we lack persistence in asking
for the things that matter
like wisdom and discernment and peace
We return to you humbly,
acknowledging that our voice should be
given our distance from prayer.
Yet you, O God, never forget
the sound of your children.
Gather us near to you,
and cover us in your grace
that we might remember
the mercy you extend
to those who call on your name.
Assurance of God’s Grace
The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you,[a] not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9) Hear the Good News: In Jesus Christ, God’s patience is personified. People of God, 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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