Inspire. Enlighten. Guide

We gather as people on a journey.

We believe & we have doubts,
   we do good & we sin.
We are imperfect humans,
   and still beloved by God.

Love and grace. Hope and faith.
These are the essence of
the one we call God.

We seek forgiveness & grace from
the One and from those we’ve harmed.

Assured of that grace,
we are ready to grow again.

We yearn for a new way,
a new perspective,
and a clear path.

Though we are full of trust
and full of doubt, we are here.
Speak to us, God! Continue creating us!

Inspire our hearts.
Enlighten our minds.
Guide our actions. 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.

Posted in 1 Corinthians, 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Corinthians 12:12-21, Acts, Acts 4, Acts 4:32-5:11, Acts 5, Call to Worship, Confession of Sin & Assurance, New Testament, Uncategorized

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