Call to Confession
Being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish our own, we did not submit to God's righteousness. (Romans 10:3) We pass judgment on our siblings in Christ. We despise them. (Romans 14:10) We say, "We are rich; we have prospered; we need nothing," not realizing that we are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. (Rev. 3:17) But God showed God's love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Let us confess our personal sin before God in the silence and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession
God, be merciful to us!
We are sinners.
We stand in your courts,
praying with an air of righteousness
and a sense of contempt.
We declare ourselves "not guilty"
of the sins we name in the communal prayer,
but we do not look within.
We do not want to acknowledge
that we break the spirit of the law,
even if we manage to keep the letter.
We hide our flaws and failures from others
and pretend we can hide them from you.
Hear our prayers for mercy.
Look into our hearts, O God,
and see the part of us that is broken.
Mend our brokenness and transform us,
we pray. Recreate us in your image,
the image of Love.
Assurance of God's Grace
God will be merciful toward all our iniquities, and will remember our sin no more. (Hebrews 8:12) 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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