“Return!”

*Call to Worship/Lighting of Wreath (Peace)

Long ago, when the people had turned to idols and demagogues for answers…
God sent a prophet. “Return!” calls the Lord.

When evil and sin ruled the day, when the people had forgotten God’s covenant of love and justice…
God’s prophet spoke. “Return!” calls the Lord.

Despite unforgivable sins…
Grace awaits the contrite heart.“Return!” calls the Lord.

Like so many years ago, we are promised safe passage home to the center of being…
“Return!” calls the Lord. And we begin our journey back.

*Hymn Star-Child #174 SPP, screen

In a time when our world is fragmented and filled with too much hate…
We light this second candle of Advent, a symbol of the peace that comes with our return to God.

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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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