And you weep.

Prayer of Confession

Mother of Us All: You call to us across the generations. Expressing your love, you nudge us to love and care for the planet and all who inhabit her. We turn away from the earth and from one another. 

And you weep. 

You grieve our failure to be who you know we can be. Forgive us. Continue the journey with us. 

Challenge us. Move us. Love us. Amen.

Assurance of Grace

God loves you intimately. Our mothering god lifts us to God’s cheeks and gently whispers, “I wanted so much for you. You are forgiven. I still believe in you. You are my beloved.” Turn to your neighbor, remind them that like you, they are God’s beloved.

*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, Hosea, Hosea 11, Hosea 11:1-9, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

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