Reborn from the Sea Womb

*Call to Worship & Invocation

You are in the presence of God.
The One whose love nudges at us and pursues us in all times and all places is among us.

Like Jonah, we too often run from the task of loving that God sets before us.
But also like Jonah, we get second chances to love, to do justice, and to walk humbly.

The big fish vomited Jonah upon the shore so that he could use his second chance to be God’s voice to the Ninevites.
Reborn from the sea womb, Jonah did as God required.

Let us pray,
God of Jonah, Re-inspire, re-invigorate, and re-energize us to be who we are created to be. 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 Call to Worship, Invocation, Jonah, Jonah 3, Old Testament

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