Call to Confession
we have sinned and done wrong, acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and ordinances. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. (Daniel 9:5-6) Let us confess the places where we have rebelled against our God and seek God's mercy:
Prayer of Confession
Forgive us, O God!
We observe justice and call it weakness.
Righteousness is not even within our grasp.
Our idols are not golden calves.
We worship power and greed instead.
We have not forgotten, but have chosen
not to remember
the ways in which you have saved us
You have every right to leave us to our own
and yet we plead with you
to remember your people
and to intervene!
We are war with one another,
forgetting that we are all children
of Abraham ...
that we all belong to you.
Lead us not into temptation, Lord!
Deliver us from evil!
Teach us the forbearance of steadfast love.
Teach us the mercy of compassionate justice
and the strength of courage in the face
of hatred and horror.
In the name of all that is holy, we pray.
Assurance of God's Grace
But law came in, so that the trespass might increase, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so grace might also reign through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:20-21) Hear the Good News: In 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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