23 Aug This week at Hope 8/23/2021
Yesterday in worship we observed the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost and looked at the familiar but often misunderstood passage on marriage in Ephesians 5. The best approach is helped by realizing that St. Paul is writing foremost about Christ and His bride, the Church. And it is Jesus’ sacrificial love that informs the primary role the husband is called to fill. As the husband provides for, supports, and defends his wife, she is receptive to these gifts and can gladly respect and honor her lifemate. Then we experience true union with Christ, the inseparable union that His body of believers has with Him for eternity.
Our Sunday Adult Discipleship gets better and better with the study of the Epistle of James. It is practical, real-life help that we all need and can put to use!
Hope Book Club is moving on to their next selection for September. It is The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Talk to Betsy Martino for all the information.
Looking ahead—next Summer Lunch Social on Wednesday, September 8. BUMP returns on Wednesday evening, September 22.
The Lord has supplied each of us generously with daily provision. I encourage you to make regular and faithful Offerings at Hope in faith and gratitude for God’s loving care. Here are three ways to do that:
• In-person at the offering plate;
• On the church website by the Give with Us button;
• Through the Vanco mobile app GivePlus.
Scripture readings for next Sunday—Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Ephesians 6:10-20; Mark 7:14-23.
Birthdays—8/25 Jonathan Nkanzu
Anniversaries—8/26 John & Betty Bobo
“Each one of you should love his wife as himself, and wives should respect their husbands.” Ephesians 5