Hope Weekly

Yesterday in worship we observed the Second Sunday after the Epiphany as we focused especially on Psalm 40. Writing 3000 years ago, David had a perceptive view of our present-day circumstances. Stuck in mud and filth, trapped in the pit of death—it certainly feels that...

Yesterday in worship we wrestled with the question “Do you see what I see?” John, who along with the other disciples got to see Jesus glory firsthand. A front row seat to the best teachings and miracles ever heard and seen. It is easy to believe...

Yesterday in worship we came to the conclusion of the Advent season—all four candles on the wreath were lighted. The focus was on the virgin Mary and the angel Gabriel’s remarkable announcement to her. God chose His vessel wisely—Mary responded with faithful obedience to the...

Yesterday in worship we marked the Third Sunday in Advent with the lighting of the Rose candle for Joy Sunday. And we certainly have much reason for joy in the Lord. As we heard through the prophet Isaiah, the Anointed One, Christ our Lord brings...

Yesterday in worship we marked the Second Sunday in Advent with an in-depth look at the ministry and message of John the Baptist. John’s calling was to prepare people for the coming of Jesus. He announced the need for repentance—“change your hearts and lives”—and provided...

Yesterday in worship we wished each other a Happy New Year as the church year began again with the First Sunday in Advent. The season of Advent (“coming”) reminds us of Jesus’ first coming in the flesh for the salvation of the world, renews us...

Yesterday in worship we observed the Last Sunday in the Church Year. Our focus was on being well-prepared for Christ’s return. That means being attentive to the signs of the times and letting the word of Christ dwell in us richly for faithful perseverance. As we...