Call to Confession
And I said, “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” (Isaiah 6:5) Let us confess our uncleanness before the Lord of hosts, and see forgiveness for our souls:
Prayer of Confession
Forgive us, God, for we have failed you.
Instead of lifting the cup of salvation --
the cup of freedom --
we restrict access to your Table
to only those we deem worthy.
Instead of calling upon your name
to right the wrongs being done to your children,
we commit those wrongs
and claim we do it in your name.
Instead of completing what we are called to do
we look for work-arounds,
ways to keep earthly power
or we cower in fear of those who wield it.
We refuse to listen
to you or to the marginalized,
and in doing so, we deny others
the life-giving love we have known ourselves
as a result of your amazing grace.
Forgive us, we pray,
and free us to listen others into life
according to your faithful example.
Assurance of God's Grace
For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for the one who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15) Hear the Good News: Christ died for all, and in Christ's name, 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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