Open Hearts & Minds

Litany of Confession, Grace, & Journey to the Star-Child (Advent 1)

Open your hearts.
We confess that we allow greed or hurt or fears to
prevent our hearts from being the home of divine love and hope.

Open your minds.
We confess we allow our minds to fixate on
doctrine, dogma, & our own desires.

 We fail to love and learn from those
who think and worship differently than we. 

We fail to listen to what our Baptist, Muslim, Buddhist, and
our atheist kindred can teach us about you.

Trust in the Holy One to guide you to the Star-Child.
Though we’ve failed before, we begin the journey again.

Trust the Spirit journeys with you, always in life, in death, and beyond death.
We begin the journey again to the sacred birth
of the child of grace and hope.

We commit to grow and learn from the stories of the one
who takes God’s wholeness inside himself,
and breathes out love in our hurting and fearful world.

Open your hearts, minds, & spirit. God’s grace and love is for all.
We begin the journey to the Star-Child who guides the way. Amen.

Sing Star-Child found in Sing! Prayer & Praise as the first Advent candle is lit.


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.

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