Our Flawed Ideas

Words of Humble Confession

We confess we sin
   individually against others, 
      we confess we repeat our  
         mistakes, 
    even though we know better. 

We allow our actions to make it harder 
   for others to reach you. 

Release us from our flawed ideas and  
   the desires that trip us up 
       causing our fall into sin. 

Move us closer to you and away from that which tempts us. 

We confess we are also a part 
    of the world’s systems of sin. 

We are all twisted up in that which we  
   barely understand. 

We claim our success is of our own
  doing and anyone can do as we,
      even as our kindred struggle in 
          poverty or other injustices that
               we never face. 

Release us from our ignorance and
    arrogance so that we can live in
         your beloved community. 

In the name of those with whom we 
    are connected yet don’t know. Amen.                                            TG

Words of Hope & Assurance Matthew 28:6-7a CEB: He isn’t here, because he’s been raised from the dead, just as he said. Come, see the place where they laid him. Now hurry, go and tell his disciples, ‘He’s been raised from the dead.

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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 Ash Wednesday, Confession of Sin & Assurance, Days of the Church, Esther, Esther 4, Esther 4:1-17, Matthew, Matthew 28, Matthew 28:6-7a, New Testament, Old Testament

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