We Confess Our Part in the World’s Fragmentation

Confession of Sin

Holy One, you know our hearts, our acts, and our hurts. We confess we’ve failed to love our neighbor as ourselves. 

Not only have we done less than we know we can, we have too often convinced ourselves that we are superior to our neighbors. If they were just more like us, we tell ourselves, the world would be better. We confess our arrogance and our lack of humility. 

We confess we too often contribute to the fragmentation of our world that yearns for your Good News of expansive love and justice. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

No matter what you have done or failed to do, no matter your motivation, hear this: God loves you! God weeps and rejoices with you in life’s ups and downs. God has not given up on you. You are God’s delight. You are God’s beloved. Share this love with your neighbor.

Passing of the Peace

You Are God’s Beloved
As Are You

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 Confession of Sin & Assurance, Luke 4, Luke 4:14-19, Mark, Mark 1, Mark 16, Mark 16:12-15, Mark 1:8-11a, Mark 1:9-11, Micah, Micah 6, Micah 6:8, New Testament, Old Testament

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