Hope Weekly

Happy United States Flag Day!Yesterday in worship we observed the Third Sunday after Pentecost and reflected on “Longing and Fulfillment.” Our present longings are deep and persistent. St. Paul describes it as groaning and being weighed down. The burden of earthly life is leading to...

New lights going up in the sanctuary. Joe Keller is hard at work, pulling new wire, removing old lights and installing the new one. Swing by and say Hi....

Yesterday in worship we observed the Sixth Sunday of Easter on Mother’s Day. The two themes came together through the Gospel reading of John 15 as Jesus taught us about love that endures. In the created order established by God, that love is primarily conveyed...

Yesterday in worship we observed the Fifth Sunday of Easter and rallied around this theme: “The One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” What a powerful message to repeat to ourselves over and over! While the devil...

Yesterday in worship we observed Good Shepherd Sunday, which is always the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Whether you realize it or not, everyone needs a shepherd, specifically the one named Jesus. His sacrificial love moves Him to lay down His life for helpless, defenseless sheep....

Yesterday in worship we observed my 55th birthday. Wait, that doesn’t sound right. While I appreciated all the prayers and good wishes, the actual focus was on the Third Sunday of Easter. The risen Christ appears to His disciples after Easter with His peace, His...

Yesterday in worship we observed the Second Sunday of Easter. Along with witnessing the risen Christ who confirms our faith, we heard the report of how the first Easter Christians lived as the community of believers. Their unity was striking, their generosity was striking, their...

Today is Easter Monday—Celebrate!Yesterday in worship we observed the Resurrection of Our Lord with Easter Sunday. It was a tremendous time of rejoicing with happy people, a flowering cross, meaningful music,  and the world-changing, life-transforming proclamation that HE IS RISEN. (Oh, and delicious breakfast, too.)...

Yesterday in worship we had our annual observance of Palm Sunday. It is a joyful occasion to shout our Hosannas to the coming King as Jesus enters Jerusalem. Yet it is also sorrowful since we know He enters His Holy City to submit to bitter...

Yesterday in worship we observed the Fifth Sunday in Lent and heard Jesus’ stirring counter-cultural call to all His disciples—“Whoever wants to be great among you will be your servant.” That is a direct response to Christ’s own sacrificial service, His willingness “to serve and...