“Return!”

*Call to Worship/Lighting of Wreath (Peace)

Long ago, when the people had turned to idols and demagogues for answers…
God sent a prophet. “Return!” calls the Lord.

When evil and sin ruled the day, when the people had forgotten God’s covenant of love and justice…
God’s prophet spoke. “Return!” calls the Lord.

Despite unforgivable sins…
Grace awaits the contrite heart.“Return!” calls the Lord.

Like so many years ago, we are promised safe passage home to the center of being…
“Return!” calls the Lord. And we begin our journey back.

*Hymn Star-Child #174 SPP, screen

In a time when our world is fragmented and filled with too much hate…
We light this second candle of Advent, a symbol of the peace that comes with our return to God.

Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children, their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Tim 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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