As the Cherith Dries Up

*Call to Worship & Confession of Sin

We come together even as the Cherith Brook dries up.
God calls us to worship in the easy times and the hard times.

Though we sometimes fail, we strive to offer grace to others.
God calls us to love and offer grace to all peoples.

When all seems lost, we are called to share our last bit of oil and flour.
God calls us to sacrificial giving.

Let us confess together,
When times are tough, when it is just too hard, we too often fail to love, share, and be your presence in the world. Forgive us God; move us to grace-filled living.

Let us worship the One who forgives us . Challenge and move us to live in such a way that people exclaim:
Now I know, you are people of God. 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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