Call to Confession
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24) Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession, Pentecost +14, Year A
God, forgive us.
We are far better at war than we are at peace,
far better at hate than we are at love,
far better at conflict than we are at reconciliation.
When someone hurts us -- friend or stranger --
that person becomes an enemy.
Sometimes, that person's entire community
becomes a target.
We do not pay attention to the steps you have outlined
Neither do we acknowledge when we are the ones
who inflict pain,
who cause hatred and division,
who refuse to listen.
We would rather nurse our grudges
or hold on to our power
than forgive and restore a relationship to rights.
Yet we come to you
expecting you to absolve us,
to facilitate our repentance,
to give us grace to grow.
Teach us gentleness, Shepherd God.
Teach us humility,
and help us overcome evil with good.
Assurance of God's Grace
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7) Through Jesus Christ, our prayers have been answered, our redemption secured. People of God, 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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