Confession of the Sin of Blaming Pilate, Temple Leaders, & Everyone Else

*Confession of Sins & Assurance of Grace

We fear new ways.
We fear giving up the status quo.
And Pilate has Jesus whipped. 

Open our eyes, Lord.
Open our eyes, Lord.

We think we know best.
We reinterpret what your clearly teach.
We dress up Jesus in a crown of thorns and mock Christ’s kingship.

Open our eyes, Lord.
Open our eyes, Lord.

We know our earthly ways fail us.
We yearn for ways that restore, heal, & usher in a world of love & justice.
But we get scared and shout “Crucify!”

Open our eyes, Lord.
Open our eyes, Lord.

When we see the mess we’ve made of our world we turn to blame.
We blame Judas. We blame Pilate. We blame the Temple leaders.

We blame one another.
We blame one another.

We confess we have sinned against ourselves, against one another, and against you. Open our eyes, Lord.
Forgive us our sins. 

And still Christ loves and offers grace.
Open our eyes to be loving and grace-filled like you, Lord. Amen.

*Suggested Hymn to Follow Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord (#37 Chalice Praise)

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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