An Advent Invocation & Response

Invocation Scripture & Response Luke 1:1-4 CEB

Many people have already applied themselves to the task of compiling an account of the events that have been fulfilled among us.
They used what the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed down to us. 

Now, after having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, I have also decided to write a carefully ordered account for you, most honorable Theophilus. I want you to have confidence in the soundness of the instruction you have received. (Luke 1:1-4 CEB)
We are blessed by the gospel writers —  Luke, Matthew, Mark, and John who each wrote stories constructed to point us toward God. Amen.

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Only the response above is original material. The first segment is a direct quotation from Luke 1:1-4, Common English Bible. It is modified to be read responsively.

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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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