Call to Confession
“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others. (Luke 11:42) Let us confess the places where we have neglected to practice justice and the love of God and seek God's mercy:
Prayer of Confession
Forgive us, God,
for our deeds are evil.
We have failed to learn your lessons
Love puts the needs of others
ahead of our selfish desires.
Love shares power
instead of hoarding it.
Love rescues the oppressed,
defends the orphan,
and pleads for the widow.
But we are the oppressors,
We have set ourselves up as the judge.
Forgive our abominable and faithless acts
and wash the blood of our neighbor
from our hands, we pray!
Do not hide your eyes from us,
lest we be devoured by the sword we insist
we have the right to carry.
Inspire in us an obedience to God
rather than idols,
and open our eyes to the Truth revealed in
Assurance of God's Grace
law came in, so that the trespass might increase, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so grace might also reign through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:20) Hear the Good News: 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 Chrsit 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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