Keep Our Hearts Steady; Our Minds Upon You

O God, we gather together mindful of your always presence

The trees, the breeze, the sunshine, and even the passing cars remind us that all people are created in your image. We are here to re-member, to re-connect with you and with one another.

[moment of silence]

Seeking to be fully present in this time, we acknowledge that we bring our worries, our grief, depression, anxieties, and busy minds with us. We are still in the world even as we reach out to you, your word, and tremendous mystery. 

[moment of silence]

We ask for your special awareness of

[insert petitions]

Keep our hearts steady. Focus our minds upon you and your ways this morning.

In confidence that you are with us now and always. 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 Senior 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 Old Testament, Pastoral Prayer, Prayers, Psalm 119, Psalms

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