Living Within Grace

Confessing Sins

Holy One,

   In your presence & the presence
       of our Christian community,
          we lay our sins before you.

   We live as if the resurrection,
       never happened.

    We live as if your grace is a
       “Get Out of Jail Free” card,
            & fail to live fully within
                 your grace.

     Forgive us for failing to offer,
       our bodies, minds, & hearts,
          as instruments of your grace.

   Contritely & humbly,
        we recommit ourselves to you.

Receiving Assurance

   Look around you.
       Look in each face.

   Look at the wheat as it germinates
       and bursts forth from the earth.

   Look at the sage that heals hearts
       and cleanses spirits.

    Look inside,
        seeing the divinity within you.

   Look at the blue sky &
each creature and person.

   Grace abounds!
   Grace belongs to you!

You are forgiven!

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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 four perfect grandchildren. Tim serves as Senior Pastor of 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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Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Romans, Romans 6, Romans 6:1-14
One comment on “Living Within Grace
  1. Nancy Duncan says:

    Thanks. I will use it at the Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ in Waldoboro, ME on Sunday.


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