Call to Confession
But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. (Malachi 3:2) Let us confess our sin before God and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession, P23C
Do not look at us, O God!
For if you look, you will see our arrogance.
You will see our sense of entitlement.
You will see our indignation
and our anger
and our self-righteousness.
You will see that we carry all of it openly ...
flaunting it frequently ...
because we have not yet learned what it means
to be a people of grace.
Forgive us, we pray,
though we hardly deserve it.
Look past our grandstanding to our fears
and teach us to love others
the way you love us,
Teach us to truly love others
the way we long to love ourselves ...
and with kindness.
Assurance of God's Grace
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5) 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 day~
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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