Hope Weekly

Yesterday in worship we observed the Last Sunday in the Church Year, Christ the King Sunday. Jesus is the best kind of King—a Servant King. Everything He does to accomplish His Father’s will results in our everlasting blessing! He rules in power and grace and...

Yesterday in worship we observed the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost and turned our attention to the End Times. In Mark 13 Jesus spoke directly about how earthly events will come to a conclusion before His return. Based on that, the writer to the Hebrews provides...

Yesterday in worship we observed the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, with our focus on some of the widows in the Bible. Widows show us that God has a special place for those who are utterly dependent on Him and respond in faith. This is actually...

Yesterday in worship we observed Reformation Sunday, the 504th anniversary of the movement Martin Luther started to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ to its central place in the Church. Our sanctuary was aflame in red as a sign of the mighty work of the...

Yesterday in worship we observed the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost and joined blind Bartimaeus in crying out, “Jesus, show me mercy!” The Teacher, the Son of David, our once and future King, shows us the fullness of God’s mercy that fills our spiritual and physical...

Yesterday in worship we observed the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost and heard Jesus’ challenging teaching on the kingdom of God, or God’s reign. This is how I described it: “God’s kingdom is where Jesus, by virtue of His self-giving sacrifice, reigns in loving kindness and...

Yesterday in worship we observed the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost while also celebrating LWML Sunday. The theme for the day was, “Our Hearts in His Hand”. What wonderful Good News that is, to hear how God has personally cleaned up, purified, and renewed our old...

Yesterday in worship we observed the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost and focused on the passage from James 3-4 that highlights the contrast between pride and humility. Here is a review of the key insights on the perils of pride:Pride destroys; Humility buildsPride is concerned with...

Yesterday in worship we observed the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost and focused on this age-old observation from James: The tongue is untamable. I know the truth of that in my own life. Even as I commit to godly language, I still erupt with angry filth...

Yesterday in worship we observed the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost and heard strong words from Jesus on how to attain true holiness before God. We strive for the appearance of holiness through religious rituals and outward observances, but those don’t clean us up on the...