The Voice

Holy Voice,

You are the voice that set creation into motion.
Yours is the energy behind the sun, stars, and moon.
You are worthy of our undivided attention.
All praise is due for all that you have done for us.

[SILENCE]

***

You are the voice that calls to us in the night, on the breeze, and from within.

We confess that too often we fail to listen, we brush away your gentle touch that calls us to be the people we are capable of being.

Forgive us.

[SILENCE]

***

Transform us.
Transform us into those who respond quickly and deliberately to your loving word.
Transform us into those who love as Jesus loved, who offer grace as you offer grace.
Transform us into those who embrace and give your extravagant love to all.
Transform us into justice makers and doers of your will. Use us as you will that we contribute to the unfolding of your holy realm of love.

[SILENCE]

***

In the name of the One who shows us the way to you, we pray. 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 1 Samuel, 1 Samuel 3, 1 Samuel 3:11-4:1, Matthew, Matthew 4, Matthew 4:18-22, New Testament, Old Testament, Pastoral Prayer

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