Call to Confession
it is written:
“There is no one who is righteous, not even one; (Romans 3:10) Let us confess our sin before God and seek God's mercy:
Prayer of Confession
Here we are, God,
coming before you once again
with Babel pretense,
thinking ourselves holier than you,
wearing piety like royal robes,
believing we have all the answers,
creating power schemes to control
It was you who made all people equal,
long before we declared it to be so
and then did everything we could to undermine it.
It was you who elevated the marginalized
and gave them a seat at the table.
It was you.
But in your name, we have decided
who is in and who is out,
who can speak and who must remain silent,
who makes the decisions for whom
and who must abide by them.
Forgive us, God.
This is not who you called us to be.
Open our minds.
Transform our hearts.
Teach us what it means to love as you love --
all of creation bathed in beauty
with joy and glad thanksgiving.
Assurance of God's Grace
... God is why you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:30-31) 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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