Call to Confession
Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:6-7)
Let us confess our sin before God and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession
In utter dismay, Lord, we hide our faces from you,
rendered speechless by our own thoughtlessness.
Over and over, you have reached out to us,
invited us in,
encouraged us to spend time with you,
to feast with you at your Table.
But we were too busy,
and we ignore your invitations
without so much as a thank you.
Or we show up,
openly displaying our hypocrisy for all to see.
We disrespect you at every turn
because we know we do not deserve
the genuine hospitality
with which you welcome us.
Forgive us, we pray.
Cover us in the extravagant grace
we fail to extend to others,
and fill our cups to overflowing
that we might be transformed
into the people you have called us to be.
Assurance of God's Grace
For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, ‘I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles,
so that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” – Acts 13:47
In the name of 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 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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