Anoint us, O God (short)

*Call to Worship responsive

We gather to worship the One whose love knows no bounds.
We gather in unity with friends from other churches.
Anoint us, O God!

But our hearts are heavy. Outside these walls the world is fragmentation and despair.
We call out, “Fix it for us!”
Anoint us, O God!

Places of worship are no longer sanctuaries from violence and xenophobia. Our children practice active shooter drills in their classrooms.
We call out, “Fix it for us!”
Anoint us, O God!

Terrorism. War. Hunger. Poverty. White supremacy. Climate change. Loss of civil discourse. Hatred.
We call out, “Fix it for us!”
Anoint us, O God!

We live in a scary place and time. Closed minds and hardened hearts abound. We, too, are not the people you call us to be.
We call out, “Fix it for us!”
Anoint us, O God!

Moment of Silence.

And you remind us that death and resurrection are the way of creation.
Anoint us with hope, O God! 

You remind us that the path to Easter is through Good Friday.
Anoint us with trust, O God!

You call us to love you whole heartedly, with all our strength and being, and love our neighbors as ourselves. (Mark 12:30-31)
Anoint us with love, O God!

You call us to love faithfully and do justice in our fragmented world. (Micah 6:8)
Anoint us with humility, O God!

Praise be to the One who shows us the way!

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, Deuteronomy, Deuteronomy 15:4-11, Lent, Matthew, Matthew 26, Matthew 26:6-13

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