Here, Gathered

Holy One,

We are here, gathered.
We now turn our hearts & minds
toward you in this place.

We turn toward you who abides with us in every place,
We turn toward you,
the divine one,
who never abandons. 

In the midst of the storms,
we search for you,
sometimes fearing because
we do not see clearly.

Make yourself known to us,
remind us “Don’t be afraid!”
Open our whole beings
that we perceive your presence.
For you are the one who journeys with us always & forever, through every joy & hardship.

Amen.                                        TG

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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 Invocation, Matthew, Matthew 6, Matthew 6:7-21, New Testament

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