Show Us the Way

*Call to Worship & Invocation

We are each worthy of grace and love & mercy when viewed through divine eyes.
We are God’s beloved. 

Sometime we fail to live in harmony with God’s dreams for us.
God has expectations.

Half a millennia before Jesus, our forebears had lost their way. They claimed God “delights in those doing evil.” [Micah 2:17 CEB]
They knew what was expected but chose another way.

Stubbornly, the people failed to give their whole selves to being who they were created to be.
God’s frustrations with the people grew.

So God sent Malachi to prophesy to the people.
God did not mince words.

God was annoyed for God knew humanity’s potential. God sent Malachi to lay out the divine case.
God promised to show the people a path toward being God’s loving kin_dom on Earth.

Let us pray.
Alpha & Omega. Before & To-Come. Send us a prophet, show us the way as you did for our forbears that we might live into your dreams for us. 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.

Posted in Call to Worship, Invocation, Malachi, Old Testament

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