Our Flawed Ideas

Words of Humble Confession

We confess we sin
   individually against others, 
      we confess we repeat our  
    even though we know better. 

We allow our actions to make it harder 
   for others to reach you. 

Release us from our flawed ideas and  
   the desires that trip us up 
       causing our fall into sin. 

Move us closer to you and away from that which tempts us. 

We confess we are also a part 
    of the world’s systems of sin. 

We are all twisted up in that which we  
   barely understand. 

We claim our success is of our own
  doing and anyone can do as we,
      even as our kindred struggle in 
          poverty or other injustices that
               we never face. 

Release us from our ignorance and
    arrogance so that we can live in
         your beloved community. 

In the name of those with whom we 
    are connected yet don’t know. Amen.                                            TG

Words of Hope & Assurance Matthew 28:6-7a CEB: He isn’t here, because he’s been raised from the dead, just as he said. Come, see the place where they laid him. Now hurry, go and tell his disciples, ‘He’s been raised from the dead.

Tim is a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, a father of two adult children, and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. A former early childhood educator, Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as pastor of both Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations. As we enter what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic, Tim is beginning a journey of rediscovering himself and discerning next steps. He writes from his home in Albany, Oregon and wherever the Spirit lures him.

Posted in Ash Wednesday, Confession of Sin & Assurance, Days of the Church, Esther, Esther 4, Esther 4:1-17, Matthew, Matthew 28, Matthew 28:6-7a, New Testament, Old Testament

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