Call to Confession
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others. (Matthew 23:23) Let us confess the ways we have failed to live up the law of love, and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession
Here we are again, God,
disputing with one another
about whose theology is "right,"
about who you are
and what you represent,
about your Word among and within us,
and how to live out our beliefs.
We dig our heels in
and refuse to budge
in matters of communal living,
so that communal
becomes the very least of what we are.
We have forgotten how to love
We have failed the courses you taught us
Forgive us again, we pray,
and teach us how to love as you love:
and with our whole being.
Assurance of God's Grace
For through the law [we] died to the law, so that [we] might live to God. [We] have been crucified with Christ; (Galatians 2:19) 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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