Motivate Us

Looking at the rainbow she lamented,
“We could use a new covenant along about now…”

We live in hard times. We seem intent on tearing one another down.
We yearn for God to fix what ails us.

What kind of God would allow the world to be so harsh?
Where is God? Where is hope?

[Moment of silence]

We are called to share what you provide with any who has need.
Given resources, motivate us.

We are called to be in loving relationship with our neighbors.
Given hearts, motivate us. 

We are called to listen to our neighbors’ truth and experiences.
Given ears, motivate us.

We are blessed with One to show us the way to live into God’s dream.
Given eyes, motivate us.

Open our hearts, our ears, our eyes in worship this morning.
We open our authentic selves,
choosing to honor our holy covenant with God. 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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