Rejoicing in Prison

Imprisoned, Paul would be without food gifts from outside its walls.
The Philippian church held him in their hearts and shared God’s grace with him in his imprisonment.

Imprisoned, Paul kept focused on sharing the Good News with those around him.
I want you to know, beloved, that what has happened to me has actually helped to spread the gospel. (Philippians 1:12 NRSV)

Partnered with the Philippians, Paul proclaimed the gospel out of love.
In the midst of his own suffering Paul rejoiced in the One whose love endures.

Let us worship as a true community that loves those like us
and those who are not like us.
those who sin against us
and those who we have sinned against.

Let us remain focused on the journey Christ sets before us.
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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