Abide, Dwell, Stay Joined

We gather, seeking inspiration, insight, and hope.
And Jesus tells us, Abide. Dwell. Stay joined.

We gather, people of the world claiming Christ.
And Jesus tells us, Abide. Dwell. Stay joined.

We gather, people seeking to change the world for the better: to bear fruit.
And Jesus tells us, Abide. Dwell. Stay joined.

Gathered, let us not only worship the One but live as the One would have us live. 
And Jesus tells us, Abide. Dwell. Stay joined.  

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 Call to Worship, John, John 15, John 15:1-8

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