Call to Confession
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8 who turns the rock into a pool of water,
the flint into a spring of water. (Psalm 114:7-8)
Let us stand before the Lord our God and confess our sin and seek God's mercy:
Prayer of Confession
we are ashamed:
ashamed of our lack of awe
when we gaze upon your works,
ashamed of our lack of trust
in your faithful provision,
ashamed of our blatant disrespect
for that which you have placed in our care,
ashamed of our disingenuous praise.
Forgive us, we pray.
Open our eyes to the damage we are inflicting
on our relationship to the earth and sky,
our relationships with one another,
and our relationship with you
by our attitudes
and our behaviors.
Open our ears to listen to those whose relationship
to creation can help us understand our destruction.
Teach us to consider the consequences
of our greedy abuse of power
and to repent
and reconsider our courses of action,
so that wisdom and love
guides us forward
before we completely destroy all that you created
and proclaimed good.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
Assurance of God's Grace
And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5) Hear the Good News: In the name of the One who has overcome sin and death, 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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