Turn Hearts & Minds Upon Jesus

Turn your hearts and
minds upon Jesus!

We turn now to God and
    to the one who lived among us,
       who taught us to avoid idols,
    to live lives of faithfulness,
       of loving compassion & grace.

Confess and release anything that
prevents you from responding to
the movement of the Holy Spirit!

In the silence of this room,
   we confess we have failed
      to live as God demands. 

[SILENCE]

Having confessed that which keeps us
apart from one another and
from God, let us worship.

With open hearts and minds,
    & assured of by divine grace,
        we are ready for worship.

 

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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.

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Posted in Call to Worship, Confession of Sin & Assurance, Matthew, Matthew 16, Matthew 16:24-28, New Testament

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