Beacons of Love, Hope, & Justice

   The abundant One calls to us,
“Gather as one, beloved people.”

   We gather as people beloved!

   The Creator, the Teacher, & the
      Mystery reminds,
“I am with you always.”

   We come to worship the
      God of hope, love, and grace.

The God of resurrections,
   yearns to transform us into
beacons of love, hope, & justice.

We are here to become beacons.

  May we live as people transformed
      & resurrected!
May we be God’s own hopes.

 In this hour, may we become who
      God dreams we can be. Amen.

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Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of two perfect babies. The former pastor of the Condon United Church of Christ, Tim recently began serving the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

Posted in Call to Worship, Romans, Romans 6, Romans 6:1-14

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