Loving Faithfulness

Lighting the Advent Wreath/Call to Worship

Young and unmarried she would became pregnant. Fear would be normal.
Mary chose loving faithfulness.

Old and married she had not become pregnant. Despair would have been normal.
Elizabeth chose loving faithfulness.

Both younger and  older kinswomen became pregnant.
God chose faithfulness to the women.

Younger went to visit older. She called out a greeting upon arrival.
Elizabeth’s infant leapt in her womb! 

The unborn babe was unable to contain his joy at the presence of the woman who would be loving mother to Jesus.
God’s faithful love becomes incarnate on Christmas night.

Let us worship the God who never gives up on humanity. Let us worship the One whose love always wins!
Let us worship in love & joy today.

*Hymn Star-Child #174 SPP

In a time when our world is fragmented and filled with too much hate…
We light this fourth candle of Advent, a symbol of the love embedded in the nature of God & God’s unfolding realm.

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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