Advent Wreath for Longest Night

Lighting the Advent Wreath (responsive)

We look around us and feel so sad, worthless, and discouraged.
And you remain with us. [light first candle]

We look around and see unspeakable violence, terrorism and hatred.
And you see who humanity can become. [light second candle]

We look around and find ourselves sliding into anger and hatred.
And you remind us who we are. [light third candle]

We feel sorry for ourselves. We think something is wrong with us.
And you see the good within. [light fourth candle]

We look around us and see death and destruction.
But you see hope. [light Christ candle]

Hymn Star-Child #174 SPP, screen

We look around and see greed, power seeking, and fear having its day. We are ready to give up on our human kindred.
But you never give up. You promise that despite these tough times you never give up on humanity.

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 Advent, Advent Candles on Longest Night, Blue Christmas

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