God Lifts

*Call to Worship
Please say responsively. R: right side; L: left side; A: all

Praise the Lord!
R: Praise God today and tomorrow!
L: Praise God morning and night!

Who could possibly compare to God?
R: God’s love is abundant!
L: God’s love is extravagant!
A: God’s love is unbounded!

God’s love never remains on high,
A: God never remains unconcerned and uninvolved.

Who could possibly compare?
A: No other can possibly compare to
       the One who comes down to us.

No one can compare to the One who
“lifts the poor from the dirt”
A: Or “raises up the needy from the garbage pile” upon which we have placed them.

God lifts the poor and needy!
R: God lifts the poor and needy!
L: God lifts the poor and needy!
A: God lifts the poor and needy!

God lifts the poor and needy to be among the leaders of God’s own.
God turns the world upside down!

Let us embrace the topsy turvy life of living as God dreams for us.
Praise the Lord who calls us to dream beyond ourselves.

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord! (loud)
Praise the Lord! (louder)
Praise the Lord! (loudest)

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, Old Testament, Psalm 113, Psalms

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