Call to Confession
For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. (Mark 8:35) Let us confess our sin before God, laying down our lives and taking up the gospel imperatives, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession
Forgive us, Teacher,
for we have the audacity to believe
that privilege makes us favored.
We rail against entitlement,
but we are the ones who think of ourselves
We expect to be honored,
anticipate that God will raise us up,
and rage against the very idea
that we might not have the power
we pretend we should have.
Servanthood is beneath us.
Yet servanthood is what you exemplified for us
in the personhood of Christ,
who came to serve the lost and lonely,
the hurting and hopeless,
the widow, the orphan, and the stranger.
Humble us, we pray.
Transform us into a people that follow the example
of the Servant Leader Jesus Christ
who lived, not for his own honor and glory,
but for yours.
Grant that we may be worthy
to drink from the cup which Jesus drank,
to suffer alongside your people
and to work for justice for all.
May it be so.
Assurance of God's Grace
Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12) 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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