Call to Worship & Time of Confession

 

The purple of Lent
is laid out before us,
a symbol of Christ’s royalty.

  The old and the new,
       have come together,
          a new banner for our journey.

    The past informs our trek
from here to the cross.

  We’ve made the trip before
         but it is never quite the same.

Our history, our faith guides us,
through just such a time as this.

We pause in prayer to release
that which holds us back:
our hurts, our transgressions,
broken relationships, &
our longing for things,
other than your will.

[Time of Silent Confession]

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, Days of the Church, First Sunday of Lent

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