Embracing the Divine Within

*Call to Worship  & Invocation                                                      

Her place was tenuous. She lacked power.
Or, so, it seemed.

She was an object. A trophy to  be displayed to his friends.
Or, so, it seemed.

She’d be smart to just do as he said. It’d be wise to come when called.
Or, so, it seemed.

But how it seemed is not who God created her to be and become.
And, so, she listened to the Spirit who reminded her whose she was.

She embraced God’s image within, she acted as the woman she was.
So, Queen Vashti refused the powerful king. 

Listen for the still speaking voice of God who calls us anew in “just such a time as this.” Let us pray,

God of Boundless Love,
Lure us during this hour to perceive your presence. Touch us as we discern your will for our lives as your people in this time and this place. Move us to respond to your call and claim on our lives in “just such a time as this.” Amen.

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