Seeking Healing

*Prayer of Confession & Invocation

Sacred One, from our worlds of pain, brokenness, and challenge we gather.

We are yours,
the koinonia gathers here & now.

Focus on this place, we pray.

Heighten our awareness,
of your presence in this hour.

From our sins we seek reprieve.

We confess,
we have not been who we can be.

Heal us.

Heal us,
we plead with savior & God.

Heal us.

Heal our hearts,
that we might love fully,
forgiving as you forgive.

Heal us.

Heal us,
that we might see you in others,
those like us and those unlike us.

Heal us.

Heal us,
that we live as Jesus lived & taught.

Heal us.

Heal us,
so that your loving realm oozes, into every corner of creation. Amen.

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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