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 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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Posted in Call to Worship, Esther, Esther 1, Esther 1:10-22, Invocation, Old Testament

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