Golden Calves, Distractions, & the Realm of God

*Call to Worship

Out of the world of hardships, pains, hatred, and distractions…Come and worship!
We come together at the base of the mountain awaiting a word of hope from God.

But even here together we can get distracted by our fragmented world, our focus misdirected.
We fail to see the signs of God’s unfolding realm that abound.

Looking at our TVs, social media, and the internet we grow impatient for the promised land.
We look for other gods, sometimes even creating our own golden calves.

Strive first for the realm of God, says Jesus. Be a part of the extravagant love until it is commonplace.
Renew us, o God! May we be your presence in the world until love and justice blow across the face of the waters and dry lands of the whole earth. 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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