Open Our Perspectives, Hearts, & Actions

Confession of Sin Responsive

Though you model seasons of hard work and seasons of rest,  
we too often favor one over the other.

Though you honor all labor that builds your kin_dom,
we too often favor the labor of some over the labor of others.

Though you teach love of neighbor and interconnectedness,
we too often fail to assure adequate pay and safety of some of our neighbors. 

Though you teach sharing of our gifts,
we too often devalue the work done by parents at home, by volunteers in the church and elsewhere, and others who labor without pay.

We come before God seeking forgiveness and strength to grow as faithful people.
Open our perspectives to the work of one another. Open our hearts and actions to the needs of all who labor. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

God’s forgiveness and grace is boundless. The connecting love that binds us together on this earth never gives up on you. Each of us are the delight and hope of God’s dreams for creation. Turn to your neighbor and share the delight and hope freely given to you.

Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children, their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Tim 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.

Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Days of the Secular World, Genesis, Genesis 1, Genesis 1-2, Genesis 1-2:1, Labor Day, Mark, Mark 12, Mark 12:28-34, Mark 12:30-31, Matthew, Matthew 22, New Testament

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