Signs of God & Faith

God asked the enslaved Jews in Egypt to mark their doors with a sign of their faith.
God promised freedom from slavery.

We adorn our sanctuaries with the cross upon which Jesus hung as a sign of our willingness to sacrifice for our faith.
God gives hope in the midst of hardships and sacrifices.

We baptize babies or adults as a sacrament, a sign of new life when we commit to following the teachings and practices of Jesus.
Jesus shows us the way to becoming the people God dreams we can be.

Today, we will gather around the Table with Christians from around the world on this World Communion Sunday as a sign of the wholeness of all peoples that you dream we will become.
Move us today to open our hearts and arms to all peoples. 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.

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