But Jesus Offers a Different Way

Frightened and worried about loss of power, comfort, and the known, leaders in Jerusalem and Rome put Jesus on trial.

When the world became scared,
it lashed out against Jesus.

In our journey to Jerusalem, changes and the unknown can frighten us as well.

When we become scared,
we sometimes lash out or hide.

We yearn for what was, what is known.

But Jesus offers a different way.

His kingdom, the realm of God unfolding upon earth, originates in the great mystery.

Jesus comes into the world to testify to the truth of expansive love and justice.

Let us pray,

Be among us this hour. In the darkness, point us toward the hope of the time to come when we live in the beloved kin_dom. 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 two perfect babies. Tim serves as Lead 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, John, John 18, John 18:28-40, Uncategorized
3 comments on “But Jesus Offers a Different Way
  1. PastorAllen says:

    Really like this! Did you use it during worship?

    Like

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