Prayer Before a Congregational Meeting About Money

O Creating One,

You took the chaos,
forming the waters, land, and sky.

You took the earth, held her in your hands,
and populated it with animals of the sea, sky, and land.

You created your people to love you,
and one another and your earth.

We bow our heads before
your majesty in awe.

We humble ourselves that
you have entrusted us with your resources
and commanded us to be good stewards.

For you, O God, are 
our guide, our focus
now and always.

PAUSE

We find ourselves in a time
when our earthly resources 
–YOUR earthly resources–seem finite.

At times we have let our fear,
our angst, and our earthly ways,
prevent us from trusting
that you are present with us.

There are moments when we feel
our backs are against the wall.

Your holy spirit nudges us 

And we see the wall is not a wall.

We have not backed up
against impenetrable bricks
but against Christ.

Christ’s gently touches our shoulder.

He points at the birds of the sky
and the lilies of the field (Luke 12)
and whispers in our ears:

“There is enough.

Your father-mother — the Creating One — 
has given you what you need
to be my hands in this place and this time.”

PAUSE

We humble ourselves that
you have entrusted us with your resources
and commanding us to be good stewards.

Remind us that there is enough.

Keep our hearts and heads striving for your kingdom.

Now. Always.

Praise be to you!

Praise be to the Christ!

And praise be to the Holy Spirit 
who journeys with us in the midst of these times. 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.

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