Call to Confession
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt. (Psalm 123:3)
Out of our shame and the contempt of our hearts we cry to the Lord and seek the Lord's mercy. Let us confess our sin before God and be restored to wholeness.
Prayer of Confession
hear our prayers.
Our siblings in Christ are suffering,
and instead of lifting even a finger to offer them aid,
we go to great lengths to keep from them
any measure of reliable medical intervention.
We price it too high.
We deny them access.
We diminish them and cut them off from the community
by disparaging them
and calling them unclean.
We risk their wellbeing to protect our individual rights.
We refuse to love our neighbor
with the same self-sacrificing love
you lavish on us
Our sarcasm and disbelief stands in the way
of healers who bring good news
to those who are grieving
and in pain.
Forgive us, we pray.
Open our minds and hearts
to the new thing you are doing among us,
that we might know the ultimate healing that comes
from being forgiven,
and pass it on.
Assurance of God's Grace
"you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." (1 Peter 2:9) In the name of Jesus Christ, you 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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