Call to Confession
Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth,
for the Lord has spoken:
I reared children and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me. (Isaiah 1:2)
Let us confess our rebellion against the Lord and seek the Lord's mercy:
Prayer of Confession
Forgive us, God,
for we have failed to look upon your creation
We no longer marvel at your mystery
or delight in your imagination
or attempt to grasp the systems you have put in place
that gives each creature a life span
and a process for maturation.
We shun responsibility for stewardship
and take on an attitude of entitlement
that places humankind in a position of superiority ...
and not even all humankind,
but certain races
and patterns of conformity.
Hear our prayers for grace, O God!
Hear our prayers for transformation!
Help us to see the perfection of beauty in every thing
and every one.
Help us to hear your voice in the tempest,
and cleanse our hearts with the Spirit's fire!
You alone are righteous, O God.
Teach us to love one another
with deep gratitude for mystery
and appreciation for our differences.
Assurance of God's Grace
God has promised that when we confess our sin, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive us our sin, removing it as far as the east is from the west and remembering it no more. Hear the Good News: In 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 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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