Demons – A Call to Worship

We gather in this place, on this sacred ground weekly.
We come to be with friends.
We come for inspiration and hope.
We come to be among those
   who love like Jesus.

The demons surround us. We yield to them. We adapt to their ways because change is hard.
We find it hard to imagine another way.
We speak the Sunday words but they don’t always permeate our being.

Systems of this world are powerful. The chains and leg irons cannot contain the legion of demons. The demons oppress us. 
We cry out for freedom, unity, love, and justice!

Jesus commands: “Unclean spirit, come out!” Release the people! 
Praise be to the One who can release us from the demons! Praise be to the power of extravagant, expansive, unending love. 

Holy Spirit, call out our demons in this hour. Leave us filled with God’s breath of hope, justice, and unending love that we may let go of the status quo and truly be your people in our hurting world. Amen.

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 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, Invocation, Mark, Mark 5, Mark 5:1-20, narrative lectionary, New Testament

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