Sharing the Alighted Flame

Confession of Sin

When we receive the flames of love and fail to share it.

God, have mercy.

When we share our gifts with those like us forgetting the poor and oppressed and imprisoned.

God, have mercy.

When we let fear, selfishness, apathy, or anxiety close us off from our neighbors.

God, have mercy.

Assurance of Pardon

God’s gift of grace belongs to each one of you. You are forgiven and beloved. God’s arms enfold you with hope and peace. Turn to your neighbor and share the healing power of Christ’s love.

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 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 Acts, Acts 2, Acts 2:1-4, Luke, Luke 4, Luke 4:14-19, New Testament

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