Ash Wednesday: We are Breathing

Call to Worship

Come into this sacred space and breathe.
Formed from dust, we are here. 
We are breathing.

Moment of silence.

Let go of the world that tells you to compete endlessly.
Formed from dust, we are here. 
We are breathing.

Moment of silence.

Like the disciples who argued who was greatest among them, we focus on earthly status, the rules of humanity. Release human ways. Breathe in the ways of Christ.
Formed from dust, we are here. 
We are breathing.

Moment of silence

The Lord God formed the human from the topsoil of the fertile land and blew life’s breath into [their] nostrils. The human came to life. (Genesis 2:7 CEB)
Formed from dust, we are here. 
We are breathing. 

Come. Begin the journey to the cross and beyond. Let go of the human proclivity to compete. Live as one people. Receive God’s breath and become like a child.
Formed from dust, we are here.
Animated by the very breath of God we are breathing.

Prayer of Invocation

Let us pray,
Creating spirit, hope of humanity, you have walked among us. You journeyed to the cross and overcame death. Be with us in our dustiness this evening as we strive to breathe deeply as you give us your own life force.
We inhale the divine breath.
We pledge our focus upon your ways. 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 Ash Wednesday, Call to Worship, Days of the Church, Invocation, Mark, Mark 9, Mark 9:30-37, New Testament

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