Come Alive!

Come alive my friends!
Worship the One God,
baptize your hearts & souls anew.
We pause here as a community,
   as a human family ready to praise
      the worthy One, the God of love & grace.

Come alive my friends!
Let your soul listen & speak in this place & hour.
Be with one another and God,
may this hour be a balm for your whole being.
We are here to be in relationship
   with the human and the divine,
      with the earth and the mystery.
We gather to re-hear the Good News.

Come alive my friends!
Hear the Good News:
All people are part of God’s extravagant embrace,
   each child, each elder, each middler is God’s own.
Welcome one another as you would be welcomed!

Come alive my friends!
Share the Good News with one another,
You are God’s beloved
As are you!

[Passing of the Peace using the greeting and response:

Greet: You are God’s beloved.

Respond: As are you.]

Come alive my friends!
You are God’s beloved!
As are you!

Come alive my friends!
Live into the Good News,
become the people of earth and divinity,
for you are the handiwork of God.
We respond to the God of love & grace,
    as the people of loving action, justice, & witness.
Our job is to be loving grace-givers.
Our calling is to be Good News in our aching,
confused, yearning world.

Come alive my friends!
We have a great future before us.
God does not forget those whom God created.
God does not stop loving each and every human being,
God does not stop using the church or the individual
to further love, justice, & peace.
Our God is continually creating & speaking,
   our best days as church are ahead of us.
Our communal and individual task is to BE the church
   not save the church.

Come alive my friends!
The past is the past.
The future is the future.
The present is today.

Come alive my friends!
Become the Good News of hope and resurrection.
We are people of divine love!
We are people of divine hope!
We are people of divine grace!
We are people of resurrection!
We are livers of the Good News!

Come alive my friends!
We come alive!

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.

Posted in Call to Worship, Passing of the Peace

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