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Christmas is different this year and also unique and special. As we make room in our hearts for the Newborn King and heaven and nature sing, our connections can become more intentional, our time better managed and our hearts more focused on what we have because God is with us.
While there is no joy in Covid, there is a call to creativity and kindness; a call to caring and a need to love well. Covid 19 means our family will sing Christmas Carols on Christmas Day as a way to celebrate with grandparents that are safer at home. (#praiseJesusfor1stfloorapartments) That never would have happened without a pandemic. While we’d love to be gathered at the table together, we will be super grateful for heartfelt smiles through the window pane and doorway. Different? Yes. Delightful in its own way? You bet. (We’re hoping other residents and neighbors nearby will think so too.)
We’re sure to find more joy in unexpected places this Christmas season. Pastor Kirk, Pastor Larry and Pastor Greg have created a beautiful, interactive worship service called “Songs of Christmas” that will be available ON DEMAND starting on Christmas Day and throughout the weekend of December 26th and 27th for our services on this weekend. You get to choose when you want to watch and how much you will participate.
STARTING ON CHRISTMAS DAY–You can find Songs of Christmas video on:
You can start planning now to be as interactive as you want to be! Visit sharethehope.org/Christmas and scroll down to the Songs of Christmas section. Check out the suggested activities and build your Songs of Christmas kit! (We’re making Stollen bread on Monday!)
God is so faithful; who knows what traditions your family might start or revisit because you participated so actively in the Songs of Christmas!
If you do participate in the Songs of Christmas activities, we’d love to hear about it! You can add a photo to our Christmas Guest Book (be sure to check out the Christmas trees there already!) or reply with a picture to some of our Songs of Christmas posts!
Praying for joy to your world this Christmas Season!
Just a friendly reminder: Voters’ Assembly meeting today at 1 PM.
In-Person in the Worship Center– please practice all Covid Protocol.
Online: Visit sharethehope.org and then click on the WATCH ONLINE button. This platform is the same one we use for Online Services. We’ll be sharing instructions on how you can vote for each motion as the meeting begins.
Thank you in advance for attending!
Neither Covid nor the Grinch can steal Christmas. God’s promises are true and His comfort and joy are exactly what we need, especially in a global pandemic. Many are feeling a little lost, sad, frustrated, limited, and yet overwhelmed this Christmas.
We have a unique opportunity to send some joy to the world and share Christmas! Who’s ready?
Christmas at Hope Guestbook
Throughout the Christmas season, we’ll be asking you to share pictures of your Christmas. Visit sharethehope.org/guestbook and take a look at the beautiful trees that are posted! We’ll be sharing Nativity Sets, stockings, cookies, and more! Shout out to those who have contributed already! Why not invite a friend to post their Christmas by sharing the link?
Invites to Christmas Services:
Hot Cocoa Invites
You can stop by Hope between 9:00 and 3:oo pm, Monday through Thursday, and grab some of these sweet invites or stop before or after service if you are in the building.
Invite a Friend By Email
With one click of a button, (after you add the contact information) you can send an email invite to a friend for Christmas. Now, more than ever, people are looking for hope and connection. Here’s the link: https://sharethehope.org/invite/
Invite a Friend through Social Media
Share what you see on our Facebook and Instagram accounts onto your own page or group, or you can privately message someone through both platforms.
Invite a Friend with Our New Hope App!
If you haven’t downloaded the app, it simple. Let your smartphone do the work for you! When you text the number to your phone, it automatically figures out which app store you need and provides the right link for the download.
Once you’ve created a profile:
- Click on the EVENTS button at the bottom of your phone
- Click on the Christmas Hope button to open the event.
- Click on the Share button on the right and you’re good to go! Once again, your phone will do the work for you and give you options to use all the options you have on your phone to share: Facebook, text, email, Instagram, What’s App and more.
Over 81% of the people that have come to Hope, came because someone invited them. Now more than ever, hearts are open as people are looking for a little hope. Let’s make an impact. Let’s give a gift that never stops giving!
Just a reminder for those who have not yet returned to worship: we will be sharing the Lord’s Supper tomorrow, Tuesday from 5 pm to 6 pm. Please follow the parking attendant’s instructions as they direct you to your space and you wait for your turn to enter. Please be sure to wear a mask. Hope to see you there.
What’s an advent blessing bag? We’re so glad you asked!
As we see Thanksgiving peek around the corner, and Christmas on the horizon, we have so much to be thankful for, especially all the hearts and hands at work planning services, materials, studies and more to add a special touch to our Advent Journey and Christmas Celebration.
We want to encourage you to experience the peace and joy of the season. You can start by building an Advent Blessing Bag.
For those who have not yet returned to worship:
Drive-up on Wednesday, November 18 from 3-6 pm and our Hope Youth will come to your car to see what you would like in your bag.
November 21/22 and 28/29 – You can fill your bag in the Gym.
Here are the materials to choose from:
– Advent Devotional*
– Advent Acts of Kindness Calendar*
– Waiting Here for You: An Advent Journey by Louis Giglio (suggested $5.00 donation)
– Christmas Invites with Cocoa
– Christmas Hope Advent Bible Study Information*
– Offering Envelopes for 2021
*These materials are available online sharethehope.org/advent
In this season that feels so busy already and yet so restricted at the same time, we invite you to pause and catch your breath. We’ve included several opportunities and resources for your advent journey. Our prayer is that you choose what will equip you the best as you seek Him first.
We have been encouraged by the number of people that have not only listened to the messages on Racism and Reconciliation both in-person and online and we have been equally encouraged by the number of people that would like to continue the conversation. We are providing that opportunity.
The online event will take place on ZOOM. If you do not have a ZOOM account, it’s FREE to create one and it’s super easy!
If you prefer not to create an account or if you are unavailable on October 22nd, no worries. We will be recording the discussion segment of the presentation and it will be available on our Youtube channel by the following Monday.
Here is the link to register: https://forms.gle/pPYmWQscnTzjWhQz6
We are providing an opportunity to ask questions or submit ideas about what you would like covered ahead of time as part of the registration. Please know that we probably won’t be able to cover every submission, we will, however, keep continuing the conversation.
We’re also forming an online forum called Hope for Social Justice where people can share information and resources around current issues in our community. If you’d like to be a part of that just let us know on the registration form, even if you can’t make the presentation.
If you have any questions, contact us at email@example.com
We are opening back up for in-person classes this month! 4th and 5th grade are open now and we plan to include children 2 years old – 3rd grade on Sunday, October 25th.
Pre-registration is required, and COVID protocols are in place. Please go to sharethehope.org/kids for up to date information! For any questions please contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re so excited to have you back!
Looking for the fall line up? Look no further!
(You can double click on the image to view full screen or hover over the middle right of your screen and click on the arrow that appears.)
We’re well on our way to fall! As we settle into some new routines, we thought it would be an excellent time to share a Hope Message Guide which will allow you and your family to choose the online options that work for you.
The Entire Service on Sundays
Live at 9:00 am
Rebroadcast at 11:00 am
Facebook Rebroadcast- Sunday at 5 pm.
Available on Mondays after 12 pm
- Entire service: website, click on the Latest Message button
- Message only:
The Message Archive button takes you to the landing page of our Youtube channel where you can look at all of our playlists which include the message only of the current series, previous series, and some of our online classes.
Invite, Invite, Invite– We’re so much better together!
It’s super-duper easy to invite someone to watch with you or to send them a message!
website: the front page has an INVITE a Friend button in the middle of the page– click on that and fill out the corresponding form which will send your friend an invite from your email
If your watching LIVE through the website, the host will post an INVITE button at the beginning of service. You can click on that and send a message to your friend through social media or an email for them to join you on the spot!
If you’re on Facebook, just hit the SHARE button and share the Live Stream as a personal message to a friend, to a group you belong to, or share the LIVE stream to your own page.
If you’re on Youtube you can hit the share button and send through social media or email or if you are on your own phone you can copy and paste the link into a text.
We are so grateful that God has provided this technology to share the hope to so many. Thank you in advance for partnering with us.
If you have any questions, be sure to contact us at email@example.com
“I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power. Then at last they will recognize that I am the one who speaks to them.” Isaiah 52:6
This past month my son and I went hiking in the Adirondacks. We planned to hike 3 peaks that had thwarted us last year when a lightning storm came through. This time it was a beautiful day and as expected when we reached the summit of Algonquin Mountain, the view of God’s creation was absolutely amazing. However, it was the view from a smaller nearby mountain that was even better.
Wright mountain is just about 1/2 mile away and 500 feet lower and it gave us the perfect perspective of what we just did. It is one thing to see a mountain in the distance; it was quite another to literally stand in its shadow. As we struggle through these very challenging times, we have confidence that Jesus will see us through; that He will walk alongside us and see us to the summit, changing our lives in the process.
Perhaps, though, the even bigger impact for us and our nation will be as we step back and God reveals just what He did; how He guided our steps big and small, and how He persevered with us during the toughest times. He’ll show us just how big of a mountain He took us up and ultimately safely brought us down. I pray that God will reveal His great power to our nation and the world and that we would recognize just what He has and is accomplishing. I pray that we would all stand in awe and wonder in the shadow of His glory.
A new month, a new season, and a new beginning. As we head down a road we’ve never been before, we are reminded that God is already doing a new thing in us:
“Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
20 The wild beasts will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches,
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
21 the people whom I formed for myself
that they might declare my praise.
He has shown us that He is faithful. He will indeed, make a way for us, even in the middle of a pandemic.
In fact, here are some new opportunities He is providing already:
Here’s how you can keep up to date with these and other events:
- subscribe to updates on this page— just hit the subscribe button to your left!
- follow us on social media: @sharethehope on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
- create a REALM account if you don’t have one already (click on the logo at the bottom/footer of the page) and make sure that firstname.lastname@example.org is one of your contacts
A new season is just around the corner and more than just the leaves will be changing! We thought now would be a perfect time for a Q and A with some of the frequently asked questions we have been receiving!
Q. Why is registration required for service?
A. For your safety. We’re following the CDC guidelines for churches very closely. We need to know the number of people attending so we can make sure we have room for social distancing. Your registration also helps us to determine when we will need to provide additional space. You can register each week at sharethehope.org/register
Thank you in advance for loving well and registering!
Q. Why is the Saturday at 5 pm service IN-PERSON only starting in September?
A. It’s temporary until we have more resources. Shout out to the tech and worship teams. We are now live streaming our Sunday service at 9:00 am from the website, Facebook and Youtube which is extremely exciting and then rebroadcasting at 11:00 am with an additional service at 5:00 pm on Facebook.
Starting in September, here’s what the line up looks like:
In-Person: (Just like we have now)
- Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 9am* (*ASL)
- Live Stream on Sundays at 9:00 am on the website, FB and Youtube
- Rebroadcast on Sundays at 11:00 am on the website, FB and Youtube
- Additional Rebroadcast Sundays at 5pm on Facebook
By Mondays at NOON, you can also access the full service from the website or just the message on Youtube. As we grow our tech teams and have the ability to live stream at 5:00 pm, we can bring back the 5pm online service.
If you or someone you know is interested in being on a tech team, let us know: email@example.com
If you or someone you know what like to find out more about being an online host, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What are the cottage meetings all about and how do I sign up?
A. An amazing gift! We have the opportunity to receive a donation from a sister church in Brockport. All the details will be outlined in two cottage meetings on Sunday, August 30th at 1:00 pm and Monday, August 31st at 6:30 pm.
We will then have a congregational vote on Sunday, Sept. 13th at 1 pm.
All you need to do to attend one of the meetings is to go to the website. There is no pre-registration required.
ex. If you would like to attend, Sunday at 1 pm.
- Visit sharethehope.org/register
- Click on the August 30th 1 pm button
- Be sure to sign into your ZOOM account or create one. (it’s free)
- If your computer does not have a camera or you don’t want to create an account, you can also phone in:
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
August 30th– Meeting ID: 865 4289 2914 Passcode: 665543
August 31st–Meeting ID: 861 9001 2688 Passcode: 794856
If you have any additional questions, chances are that someone else does too! Please forward any questions you have to email@example.com
Awesome to see all of you this weekend! You loved so well– masks in place, 6ft social distance and registration forms in the box, which makes check-in go faster. Thank you! Just a reminder that registration for in-person services opens on Sundays at 1 pm so you can register for upcoming services on August 22nd and 23rd here:
At the current time, we are asking you to register each week so we can plan accordingly! Thanks in advance for your help!
Pastor Kirk went live on all of our platforms yesterday, August 5th at NOON to share some important messages. Here’s the video in case you missed it!
Last month, we started a conversation on ZOOM called,”Let’s Talk About Racism.” Here is an excerpt from our time together with Pastor Kirk and Jonathan Ntheketha. As our video starts, PK has just shared some words from scripture: “the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Join us as we continue the conversation. We’d love your feedback.
Join us this Wednesday, August 5th at NOON, as Pastor Kirk shares some important updates about returning to campus, our new series coming up, and what we can do to love each other well.
You can tune in:
on the website: https://sharethehope.org/
on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sharethehope/
on our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/ShareTheHope
See you then!
When we read the word ‘nations’ we often think of countries, currently, there are 195 of them. When the Bible uses the word nations (from the Greek ‘ethne’), it is referring to people groups. A people group shares a common language, history and identity. When Jesus gave us his Great Commission, He commanded us to make disciples of all nations.
The Joshua Project estimates that of the 17,297 people groups in the world, 7,367 are currently unreached by the Gospel. Billions of people, from every country, have never heard of Jesus. “All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name.10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.” Psalm 86:9-10 (NIV)
Here in the United States, we are wrestling with issues of race and justice. God’s eternal plan is that people from every nation will worship Him, to bring Him glory. He calls Christians to take part in His plan, loving our neighbors enough to tell them about Jesus. He wants us to share His love in tangible ways. Sometimes our neighbors don’t look like we do, or act like we do. We can find neighbors on our streets, at our jobs, or in another country across the world. Maybe they have a different language or skin color, some different customs or religions. Those differences aren’t really what we should be seeing. What we need to focus on is that they are the neighbors God calls His people to love. This kind of love is not natural for broken, sinful people.
Praise God that He makes us new, forgives, enables and strengthens us so that we can love as He calls us to do. “Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. 12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.” Psalm 86:11-12 (NIV)
Have you ever contemplated the question – Why do I believe in God? A person once told me that they believed in God because they were afraid not to. It was the “believe or burn” type of faith. Another said that it was something they were supposed to do. Others will mention parents or grandparents who were believers so they were following in the family line. Many have come to a point in their lives where they cry out to a God they may not know for help and rescue. Others felt a tug in their hearts for a spiritual connection that will give life meaning and purpose. Others believe as they have a need to be loved and accepted on a deeper level in their spirits. Many have given their lives to Jesus at a crusade or church or retreat gathering. Some profess a belief in order to be part of the faith community.
The Bible says that faith is a gift from our Lord worked in us by His Holy Spirit. Our faith is a journey from a starting point to the finish. However we started, we are ever-growing through the joys and sorrows of life to the completion. Our Father has said that we will find Him if we seek Him with all of our hearts. However we have come to Him, He has used that circumstance to grow us closer. May we grow to the point where we can say “ I believe in Him because I need to, He deserves it, He created me for that, and finally because He believes in me.”
VIDEO SERIES/Bible Study: Right Now Media | Race and the Gospel
“In this five-part series, pastors Bryan Loritts and Matt Chandler use Paul’s words in Ephesians to address race, racism, and injustice. Through teaching and honest dialogues, Bryan and Matt will unpack the hard truths about America’s racial past and present and suggest a pathway forward of healing, justice, and hope for multiethnic harmony in the church.”
Pastor Derwin Gray – founding pastor of Transformation Church helps church leaders to understand the motivation for racial reconciliation.
Dr. George Yancey, analyzes secular approaches to racial issues and offers a Biblical approach
Bryan Stevenson, founder of Equal Justice Initiative talking about injustice in America – Ted Talk
Join Paul Ludington as he leads this interactive ZOOM class studying the book of Nehemiah on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm, beginning on August 4th. Register at sharethehope.org/register and we’ll send the code!
Go to sharethehope.org/register to sign up and receive the Zoom sign in code. Registration link: https://onrealm.org/sharethehope/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=ZThmODc2YmUtMmE1NS00MjVlLWI2YzctYWJmODAwZDRkYWEz
Words of Hope from Elder Tom Confer
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:13
The apostle Paul, in his letters constantly encourages the Christians of his time to “stand.” He exhorted various congregations to stand against all matter of hardship and opposition. In some cases, it was against the schemes of the devil, in others it was against false doctrine, or the evils of adopting the attitudes of this world. Certainly, our current circumstances with danger from COVID-19 and the massive economic disruption that is the price of fighting it can be considered the “evil day” of our time. Paul’s words of encouragement, meant for our brothers and sisters in the faith of the first century ring, down through the centuries to us today. Stand firm in the faith of our Savior Jesus’ faithfulness and love for all his people.
Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney:
Winning our battles. Life can present strange turns of events which can be battles or at least mini skirmishes. God created us to support and be supported by one another.
In the book of Exodus, chapter 17, Moses was on top of a hill watching the Israelite army being attracted by the army of the Amalekites. As long as his hands were lifted, the Israelite army was winning but when they were lowered they began to lose. Two of Moses friends held his hands up as he tired and it says his hands remained steady until sunset and the Israelite army won the battle. During the past few months of our new normal, how have you been able to hold up the hands of the Moses is your lives or how have you been a Moses and have your hands been held up by others? Many battles are being won or lost during these days but the support we give others or get from them can make victories much more possible. Jesus calls us to love one another as He has loved us. He will hold us up and we can use that same support to hold others up as well. Blessed hand holding!
Words of Hope from Elder Mark Erbelding
In Acts 16: 6-10, we read about how the Holy Spirit influenced one of Paul’s mission journeys in a very unique way. These very intriguing words say “they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.”
I often wonder what this looked like – was it a set of circumstances that came together to change their plans (like missing a boat or becoming ill) – or was it a literal physical restraint? Could it even have been a pandemic? Regardless, the Lord changed their plans in a very obvious way and they had to adapt. As a result they went west and the church in Europe and what we call western civilization might well trace its roots back to this event.
We might say the same thing in these days – this virus pandemic has given us no choice but to change the way we do many things – including our ministry to others, the way we “do church” and interact. Some would say that things will never be the same again – even when the virus has run its course. Although our message of hope in Jesus Christ does not change, our methods for delivery may. Maybe we are being given a glimpse of what it was like for Paul, Silas, and Timothy through Luke’s account in Acts 16. How will this period in our history be remembered in 20, 50, or 100 years? What changes will take place? Will our lives go back to “normal”? What is “normal” anyway? One thing is for sure – God is still in control!
“That was an eye-opener”.
I heard that statement said a while ago about a news item on tv. I began to reflect on those “eye-opener” things in life that could be very big or very insignificant. A statement made by someone could open up a whole new area of understanding. A sports star killed in a tragic helicopter crash could open our eyes to the frailness of life. A worldwide pandemic can certainly be an eye-opener.
Jesus, several times, opened the eyes of the blind. One time it was a physical healing of a man born blind, while another was a spiritual awareness of His presence. It benefits us to look for those eye-opening things in our lives that God uses to grow us in Him. How has a worldwide pandemic opened our eyes, or how about the death of a man in Minneapolis which has had worldwide effect? How about our 3-month pause in life and social distancing and quarantining or isolation from friends and family?
Paul said in the book of Romans chapter 8 that God works for the good in all things. Death, accidents and pandemics are certainly not good things but can we through these eye-openers discover the good that He is working in our lives? Father, help us to trust you in these difficult days and open our eyes to where you are bringing good through all things for us and our world. We ask this in Jesus name.
Wondering how to help? Talk to your kids about all of the things happening in the world. Here are some resources that may help.
Why You Need to Talk About Race With Your Kids (Podcast): https://bit.ly/36NbeQi
Raising Kids Who Will Initiate Racial Equality (Blog Post): https://bit.ly/3eFPDfl
How To Talk To Kids About The Stories We Tell Ourselves (Blog Post): https://bit.ly/2MiEkxL
Statement about the Sin of Racism from Pastor Kirk:
When we see racism on such public display as in the death of George Floyd it gives us an opportunity for repentance – not merely calling for someone else to repent, not merely calling our nation to repent, but for our own personal repentance. Racial conflict in our nation calls for every Christian to introspection. “It is time for judgment to begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17). “Righteous indignation” without self-reflection and repentance is meaningless, or worse, hypocrisy.
While our church body (LC-MS) has had for decades a formal statement condemning the sin of racism, I thought it would be helpful to summarize this Biblical teaching in a succinct way with statements from the document and providing a link to the scholarly, exhaustive document and then some of my own thoughts.
- Discriminatory treatment of human beings on the basis of race is irrational evil and results in evil (James 2:8-9).
- God’s Word rejects racism (Ephesians 2:13-16).
- Jesus Himself bids us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31) and did so precisely while rejecting racial preference (Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37).
- Racism is not acceptable in the church (Ephesians 4:1-6).
- We must pray, but we must do even more. We shall follow the ancient mandate of the prophet of Yahweh: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8).
Link to Commission on Theology and Church Relations – Racism and the Church https://files.lcms.org/wl/?id=2ZSjBpgjY39Eo1lH1vqCgI79YUGmfrve
As important and necessary as formal written statements of belief are, they are not enough. Scriptural beliefs must be lived out and acted upon (Matthew 7:20). As the people of Hope Lutheran Church we believe that the Gospel, namely, that Jesus Christ, through His death and resurrection was reconciling sinners to God and has given us the ministry of reconciliation to all (2 Corinthians 5:18). The struggle for racial reconciliation began in the heart of God and it continues in the life of God’s people. We are committed to enter in to the struggle, with all of its pain and anger and hurt, seeking to learn, understand, grow and bring about justice and equality. But we enter in to the struggle with something the world lacks: the power and hope and love of Christ.
So what do we do? I certainly don’t have all the answers but I am praying about what we can do as a church and how I can lead our congregation through awareness, education, listening to and learning from black brothers and sisters in Christ in our congregation. What steps can we take to become more racially sensitive and diverse as a church? I’m also praying about what I can do individually. One thing is to read part of a commitment card that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave to people who wanted to be a part of a movement of justice and love. People who wanted to be part of his movement would just commit to doing these things:
- Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.
- Remember always that we seek justice and reconciliation, not victory.
- Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
- Pray daily to be used by God in order that all people might be free.
- Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all people might be free.
- Observe, with both foe and friend, the ordinary rules of courtesy.
- Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.
- Refrain from violence of fist, tongue, or heart.
Then there was a place for people to say: “I sign this pledge, having seriously considered what I do, with the determination and the will to persevere.” I now have this card hanging above my desk so that by God’s grace I can make the same commitment.
Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney:
“We are in charge of our destiny.” These are the words of our Governor in a recent press conference. His focus is that if we follow the guidelines of social isolation, wearing masks, and staying home then the disease will decline in the impact it has on our people and society.
In the spiritual realm, we too have a responsibility for our destiny. We can try to obey the rules and guidelines from God but the virus of sin will still destroy us. What option does He leave us? We know ourselves too well as to depend on our own resources for our destiny. In the Gospel of Luke, a convicted criminal dying next to Jesus simply asked Jesus to remember him when he came into His kingdom. He chose to put Jesus in charge of his destiny. We know that Jesus responded with a promise to bring him to paradise that day.
Our future destiny with the COVD virus is uncertain, but our present and eternal spiritual destiny placed in Jesus’ hands is guaranteed to be safe with Him. Proverbs 3:6 says “ In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight”. In Psalm 143:8 David wrote “ Let the early morning bring me word of your unfailing love for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go for to you I entrust my life”.
Words of Hope from Elder Scott Mitchell
“It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before.” Heb 11:7
What’s a flood? Whether he said it out loud or not I have to believe that thought was racing through Noah’s head when God told him to build an ark. Noah, and all creation for that matter, had no idea about this thing God said was coming, but he knew God could be trusted and he knew God would see him through.
Today we find ourselves in that same boat. While unprecedented in our lifetimes, God has seen this before. God has restored a nation and a world before. Like the songs goes, “Our hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” These are the strongest building blocks of faith there are. They can withstand the waves of a flood, the heat of a furnace, and the uncertainty of a pandemic. “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 We may not know what lies around the corner, but we can be certain of Who is waiting for us there.
Words of Hope from Elder David Smith
But I trust in you, LORD; I say, You are my God. My times are in your hands. Psalm 31:14-15a
It seems to me that every news program, media outlet, newspaper and magazine, whether I see it on my computer, on a printed page, or broadcast to a screen, is dominated by information, advice and guidelines about COVID-19 and its many effects on day to day life. Medical experts and government officials are front and center, doing their best to guide the nation through a pandemic. It is more than a little overwhelming, these constant reminders of a world turned upside down. We feel off balance and off kilter, trying to make sense of it all. Perhaps you are experiencing that too. In this information saturation, we are tempted to place our hope in doctors, scientists and politicians.
God’s word reminds us how foolish this is. While God provides government and science as blessings to achieve His purposes, they are not a substitute for Him. Let these words from the Psalms wash over you, memorize them, meditate on them, overlay them over your favorite news media. Take comfort in knowing that the Person who made the universe has us in His hands.
“Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, my soul. I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them, He remains faithful forever.” Psalm 146:1-6 (NIV)
In an effort to keep people connected, we have been offering some online opportunities on Facebook pages and groups, Instagram and also on ZOOM which a lot of our Hope Groups are using.
We’ve found a great video that explains step by step how to create a FREE ZOOM account, and we thought we’d share it for this month’s Family Time at 6:30 pm on Thursday, May 21 on our online platform.
- You can watch it with other people who are learning too
- ask questions afterwards in the chat
- you can watch it a few times in the hour we have set aside.
- you can watch on your own time.
You can also apply what you have learned by joining us the next morning on Zoom for our Faithbuilder Friday! Just give us your contact information and we’ll send you an invite, just like you saw here!
Words of Hope from Elder Tim Tyler
True Bible faith is confident obedience to God’s Word in spite of circumstances and consequences. Let it soak into your mind and heart. This faith operates quite simply. God speaks and we hear His Word. We trust His Word and act on it no matter what the circumstances may be. The circumstances may be impossible, and the consequences frightening and unknown, but we obey God’s Word just the same and believe Him to do what is right and what is best. The world fails to realize that faith is only as good as its object, and the object of our faith is God. Faith is to a Christian what a foundation is to a house: it gives confidence and assurance that he will stand. So you might say, “Faith is the confidence of things hoped for.”
” When a believer has faith, it is God’s way of giving him confidence and assurance that what is promised will be experienced. From “The Bible Exposition Commentary”
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NASB
Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney
As of today, millions of people around the world have been affected by the Corona virus. Everyone has been affected in different ways and to varying degrees. Many ask why this is happening and what is God’s purpose in causing or allowing it to happen.
It might be too simple a thought but does God have millions of purposes that He is working in this time in history. Each one of us has an individual relationship with our God. Some very close, some far away, some nonexistent. He has said in the book of Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”. I believe that His plans are unique and different for each and every one of us. A prayer of trust might say “Father I know you love me and have a very special plan for my life. Help me to be patient as you work it out through Jesus for your glory.” A song goes “You are the potter and I am the clay. Mold me and make me, this is what I pray”
May 11, 2020 | 5:35 pm
Our world has changed remarkably in the last 5 weeks. Who would have thought the stock market would change as it did, the jobless rate would skyrocket, and toilet paper would become a coveted item?
As Christians, we see an anxious world all around us. What makes us different? Could it be that we know where our true security lies? We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6: 19 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13: 8 This solid rock has not and will not change over eternity no matter what our earthly circumstances bring.
As we look to the government and the rest of the world for security and answers during this unstable time, we can’t find them! But we know that our relationship with the Lord through His Son Jesus Christ will stand the tests of any storm. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matt 6: 19-21
Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney
In Luke 23:46, as our Lord Jesus was dying He cried out “ Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit”. He gave His life, death and eternity into His Father’s hands for safekeeping. Many people at the time of their death will give themselves to the God that they envision. We as believers place our eternal future into our Heavenly Father as we know and trust Him in Jesus our Savior.
If we can commend our eternal well being into His hands, how about the other factors in our lives? Our bodies, our minds, our emotions, our spirituality, our relationships, our fears, our doubts, our anger, our frustrations, our purpose in life. The COVID virus has brought out many positive as well as negative situations that we are dealing with. As we have no control over the virus or the timing of our death and trust our Father with them, why not trust Him with all the rest? As someone said, “Give your life to God, He can do more with it than you can”. A song we sing in worship says “ I surrender all.” May that be our peace in the midst of the storm.
May 4, 2020 | 3:30 pm
Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney
Where is God in all this? That seems to be a question that many are asking during this pandemic. Did God cause it, or did He allow it, or is He powerless against it, or doesn’t He really care after all? One person I spoke to said that God must have pushed the smite button.
We sometimes as Christians feel that we are being called to be God’s defender. That’s tough as we really don’t know for sure what He is doing in and through the situation. He really doesn’t need us to be His defenders. He can take care of Himself. So what are we to do?
He asks us to simply trust Him in all things. How do we do that in the middle of uncertainty? We look to the cross as the main event in history that does not change. The cross is His message to us that He loves us with an everlasting love. How He manages the world is really His business. As a neighbor has said to me often “God’s got this”. Jesus told His disciple Peter when he asked about the fate of one of the other brothers “Your job is to follow me” John 21:22. May we, as His followers, trust Him in all things, or be honest with Him as the man in Mark 9:24 and pray “Lord I believe, please help my unbelief.”
May 1, 2020 | 11:30 am
Our series, In the Middle of the Storm, continues. This week’s message is Anger to Love. Here are some resources that will help you take an in-depth look at how to manage anger.
Right Now Media Resources:
April 30, 2020 | 5:25 pm
Invite a friend and join us this evening, for Family Time at 6:30 pm on our online platform. We are grateful for the Dueker Family who is sharing a special project they have worked on. Tune in and you’ll see them as they complete one of the activities. It’s a COVID Time Capsule that you can create with your whole family, with a few adaptations of course. We’ll be starting off with a Warm-Up Dance party and then on to the main event. Here are the instructions: Covid-19 Time Capsule 2020
If you have an idea you’d like to share or a special project you’ve been working on, send us your video at firstname.lastname@example.org. No worries if it isn’t that long, we can always add it to someone else’s or add a special song or dance party!
April 30, 2020 | 11:35 am
Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney
In Luke 13:6-9, Jesus told a parable of a fig tree and a gardener. The tree hadn’t produced fruit in 3 years and the owner wanted it cut down. The gardener replied, “ Sir, leave it alone for one more year and I will dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit fine. If not, then you can cut it down”.
Think about when Jesus began the work of gardening in your life. Was it at your baptism, your confirmation, at a time of crisis? Who or what did He use to gain your attention – a pastor, a friend, a movie, a tv or radio message, illness or personal loss? What drew you to Him so He could begin His ministry of investing time, effort, love and care into you?
In the beginning “God created”. When was your spiritual beginning? How is He using the COVID virus to fertilize and dig around your roots for growth, strength and resilience? Philippians 1:6 says that “He who began a good work in you will not rest until it is finished”. May this time in your life be a time of continued growth and loving care from our master Gardener Jesus as we trust and rest in Him.
April 27, 2020 | 5:55 pm
Words of Hope from Elder Jim Fordham
I would like to share a word of hope and encouragement that my granddaughter Gaby has shared on Instagram. I don’t think I could express myself any better at this very difficult time. I pray her words can give you comfort and purpose in these very uncertain times.
But one thing we can be certain of is that our God Lives, and is with us as stated in Psalm 46. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” gaby_gagarinas
Just a lil’ brain dump… As the past few weeks have gone by, it has at times felt easy to focus on the losses and cancellations that this quarantine time has brought. However, one thing I’ve realized that we do have an ABUNDANCE of, even more than before, is TIME! As so many profs and friends have encouraged me, we’re called to be good stewards of what the Lord has given us, and right now if that is an abundance of time, we should seek to steward it well- looking for ways to grow, to serve others, and to build good habits. But also in pursuit of growth, I’ve realized that it’s soo important to remember our motive behind it. If we’ve trusted in Christ as or Savior, the motive should not be to merely improve ourselves to ‘be better.’ This will just lead to discouragement because we are limited and imperfect people.
Instead, if our motivation to grow is to glorify God out of the fullness we already have through Christ, it can be a joy-filled process that is completely by His grace and for His glory! Because this whole life is about Him anyway, so we can praise the Lord and thank him for any fruit he produces through us while resting in his grace for every time we fail! So while we have this abundance of time, yes- pursue growth!!!- but also remember the WHY :)) “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that the surpassing power belongs to God & not to us.” 1 Corinthians 4:7
May you grow in your faith, knowing Jesus is with you.
April 24, 2020 | 2:45 pm
We continue in our In the Middle of Storm series with the topic: Anxiety to Peace. We’ve included some resources here that you can read now and/or download for later. May God’s promises be a great source of peace for you.
Resources for anxiety and worry (1). This resource includes a listing and hyperlinks to books, podcasts, studies and more.)
The second is a very powerful declaration.
(Here is the pdf version if you want to print out. 7 Declarations of Faith (1))
The 7 Declarations of Faith
1. Through Christ I am fully forgiven and free of all shame and condemnation.
Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
Ephesians 1:7-8 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2. I will give my anxiety to the Lord and trust in Him.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
3. I am at peace with God and have the peace of God.
Romans 5:1-4 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
4. I am fully resourced to do everything God wants me to do.
Deuteronomy 8:18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
5. I am protected from all harm and evil in Jesus’ name.
Psalm 3:1-3 Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Thessalonians 3:2-3 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
6. In Christ I am completely whole = physically, mentally and emotionally.
Psalm 103:1-5 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Matthew 8:16-17 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
7. I see myself the way God sees me.
Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Colossians 1:22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death, to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—.
1 John 3:1-2 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
April 23, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Words of Hope from Elder David Smith:
“1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.” Psalm 42:1-4 (NIV)
As I write this, it is Easter Sunday afternoon. I am reflecting on Hope’s beautiful worship services that were shared on the internet during this unprecedented Holy Week. The videos of the church worshipping in joy in previous Easters made me smile but at the same time made my heart ache. The words written in Psalm 42 came flooding into my mind. I don’t think I ever really felt verse 4 before today. It occurred to me that believers in the West may now have a little (just a little) appreciation for what our brothers and sisters under persecution feel, why they take real risks and endure great hardships to worship together.
As I reflected, as God often does, He led me to a recent online essay written by John Stonestreet of Breakpoint. I’d like to share a few of his words. “This pain we feel should also encourage us, however. Our thankfulness for these very good things such as “online services,” home worship, and listening to sermons on podcasts should contain more than a hint of disappointment. They simply are not adequate replacements for what the life of the church should be, not to mention there simply are no substitutes for the sacraments of baptism and communion.” “In fact, if we’re not feeling a serious loss right now, we should be worried. If remote services on a laptop feel normal, then church has become nothing more than a spectator activity, and we have become, well, spectators to worship rather than worshipers.”
“This is the difference between doing church” and being the Church. While we are unable to meet for worship, the hunger for something more is a sign of spiritual life. We should encourage that hunger, and certainly look forward to coming together, again.” “To do so, especially in the midst of the current threats of death and disease, is to ultimately be a sign to the world of that day when Christ will fully bridge all distance between Himself and His Bride, when He heals all sickness, finally restores all things, and makes His dwelling with His people.”
Psalm 42 closes with these words, ‘Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.’ Psalm 42: 11 (NIV) Let us be the sign Mr. Stonestreet speaks of, to show our communities how Jesus’ followers are trusting Him, and while we wait, we are serving Him. We will yet praise Him together, our Savior and our God.
April 20, 2020 | 4:20 pm
Words of Hope from Elder Scott Mitchell:
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT): “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
When I started Daddy/Daughter dance classes several years ago I found out I lacked something pretty important… balance. No matter how hard I tried, I would always topple over, until they let us in on a little secret: don’t look down; pick a point in the distance.
You see when I looked down I had no perspective on what I was doing, I just saw my shaking, wobbling leg. When Peter looked down it reminded him where he was, instead of where he was going. While our circumstances are changing and the end might not be clear, our focus on Jesus must remain. He is still where He has always been. His kingdom is unchanged and His glory is shining brighter than ever. He stands ready, not just with arms open to comfort, but with an outstretched hand to rescue. And so as the writers of Hebrews say, we persevere, fixing our eyes on Christ, who endured the cross for the joy set before Him.
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April 20, 2020 | 3:45 pm
There’s a lot to learn when it comes to pandemics, isn’t there? We’re learning how to keep our families safe and how to keep them connected as we #stayathome #alonetogether It’s been a learning curve for all of us as God stretches us in new directions. Here are some quick guides to help you navigate:
These are the main platforms we are using.
Online Church- the easiest way to get there is to make sure you are on our website sharethehope.org and then click on the Join Us Online button. For now, this is the place that we’ll gather in our online pews (couches) and share a special time together.
YouTube: After all of the service streams from our online platform, the message will be available to listen to whenever you like. We also have online studies that you can do.
Facebook- There are two parts to this platform. The first is our Facebook Page. Consider it a bulletin board where we’re inviting people to come and check us out. We’re providing encouragement and resources and invitations to join us. The next is our Facebook Group- Hope Online. The easiest way to get to it is to from our Facebook Page. Just click on the word Groups to the left and our group will come up. Consider this group a virtual coffee shop. We’re studying together, posting positive messages for each and great songs and have conversations with each other. It’s open to the public and we are so excited to see people invite other people!
We’d love to have you invite them to services too! Here’s our schedule for the next few weeks. Our new platform has great tools:
Chat: This tab opens 10 minutes before service starts so you can say hello and have a virtual meet and greet.
Notes section: check here before service to make the most of your experience and to find resources that reinforce the message.
Bible: There’s a built-in Bible with a search so you can follow along.
Schedule: All of our upcoming events are listed here which include services and other special opportunities to connect.
There are also some tabs at the very top of the page that will give you more information or resources depending on what the message is that day. Be sure to check those out!
We’ve been seeing some great success with our new platform, however, sometimes there have been issues report. If your screen shakes, go to full screen mode and see if that helps. If your video doesn’t start right away, hit your refresh button.
We’re also trying to keep you connected during the week through song, study, prayer, virtual coffee and just plain fun. Hope Groups are also starting this week and they are another great way to connect.
Thank you for your patience as we have worked through technology issues, gone LIVE on the wrong platforms and learned some things the hard way. We see God working in us and through us and sometimes in spite of us. He is providing a way to reach and connect with people that will last far beyond this pandemic. Yay for God!
April 18, 2020| 11: 25 am
The Compass Care Walk looks a little different this year, but its message of love and life is still the same. This year it will be a virtual Walk for Life, a #Walkon Webcast. You can join the effort by registering today to participate, sponsor or donate: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/2020walkforlife/page/walkon/
Your efforts will make a difference in lives today and in the lives of those yet to be born. Just listen to this powerful story.
Watch Jacqueline tell of her experience with abortion and her interaction with CompassCare. Thank YOU for making stories like this possible through your prayers, service, and financial generosity. We are erasing the need for abortion TOGHETHER.
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April 17, 2020 | 1:15 pm
The first message of our new series, In the Middle of the Storm is Fear to Faith. If you’re joining us online, you’ll find some great resources in the NOTES section of our online church on this topic including some scripture verses and an article by the Gospel Coalition.
Just to make sure everyone has the information and that we have it as a resource after services this weekend, we are sharing here as well.
Scripture doc v2 Bible verses for comfort and peace.
April 17, 2020 | 12:35 pm
In this time of “social distancing” it is important to stay connected with others. Hope Groups are a great way to stay connected and to check in on each other all while studying God’s Word. Don’t just take our word for it, how about Doug’s?
(Video notes– the only update is that Life Groups are now Hope Groups. Doug is still a great guy.)
Though we’re not meeting face to face yet, most groups will be meeting online.
Groups are held different days and at different times. If you’re not in a group yet, explore all the possibilities by visiting the Hope Groups page !
If you have any questions or need help signing up please contact our coordinator, Leanne at email@example.com.
April 16, 2020 | 2:55 pm
It’s Pastor Kirk. I just wanted to check in with you today and provide you with some important reminders and updates about our service times this weekend and about our online church.
If you’re a member/attender of Hope, we’re encouraging you to invite everyone in the universe to join you online this weekend. The INVITE button has been updated with our new series, In the Middle of the Storm. We believe the messages in this series will be relevant and full of resources to help people navigate these unprecedented times.
If you’re a guest of Hope or you’re just checking us out, please do! We’d love to have you join us this weekend: Sat. 5pm | 9:45 am or 11:15 on Sunday. We get it. Sometimes it’s easier to take the next step and watch online then it is to take a step into a church building. Now’s a perfect time to find out what we’re all about. We’re happy to meet you wherever you are. You’re the reason, we’re building this platform and we can’t wait to meet you!
April 16, 2020 | 1:46 pm
Words of Hope from Elder Dave Reisig
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2 ESV
Stepping away from news coverage of the pandemic and turning towards the One who is the creator and sustainer of life, I find peace, comfort and assurance knowing I am trusting in the living God who has already saved me. Read, pray, meditate upon the Psalms as He restores your soul and comforts you. (Ps 23:3-4)
April 13, 2020 | 11:20 am
Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney
In Psalm 63 the author David begins with “ O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you in a dry and weary land where there is no water”. In today’s world, he might have said “I seek you in a dry and weary land where there is a terrible virus attacking, there are closed schools, churches and businesses. We are confined at home and our plans have been ruined. Our lives and economy are in danger and jobs have been lost and people are dying. In many lives, we have lost our way.”
But as the Psalm continues: “ I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name, I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods, with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you, your right hand upholds me”
Can we focus on the following thoughts? Where has God been in my life? How has He been my loving Father, caring Savior, and comforting Holy Spirit? Have I seen Him work in marvelous ways during the awesome times and the difficult times? God would ask us “ You trust me when things are going well, can’t you trust me when they aren’t? Remember, I have loved you with an everlasting love” Jeremiah 31:3. As David said, “ My soul clings to you, your right hand upholds me”. May that be said of each of us that we continue to trust in our Lord and His faithfulness.
April 9, 2020 | 9:30 am
Words of Hope from Tim Tyler
One of the purposes of trials and difficulties is to teach us patience. James 1:2,3 says: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” It is in these times that our faith grows and our walk with God matures.
No matter what difficulties you may be experiencing, never lose sight of the fact that God is at work in your life. In every problem of life, God’s purposes are greater than our frustrations. His plans are more wonderful than our hopes. His grace is greater than our difficulties. And, His love is sufficient to sustain us in every trial. Trust Him; He will not let you down!
April 7, 2020 | 2:08 pm
If you’re looking for some great resources for kids and families, look no further. The Hope Kids page has some great suggestions, activities and ways you can connect.
Be sure to visit the page often as it’s updated on a weekly basis. https://sharethehope.org/programs/kids/
April 6, 2020 | 12:45 pm
Words of Hope from Elder Scott Mitchell
“Then He placed His right hand on me and said: Do not be afraid.” Rev 1:17
It’s almost an involuntary reaction when fear or sadness come upon us. We look for a shoulder to lean on or someone to hold us. There is an immeasurable peace and comfort that the physical embrace of a friend can bring, but at 6 feet apart that can be challenging.
During these times when we are separated from each other physically, you can be sure that God not only draws near but holds you close too (Is 41:10. ) Like the popular ‘Footprints in the Sand’ story, it is during our toughest times that Jesus carries us. Feel the Savior’s touch and rest in His love. Remember that when Jesus calmed the storm He did so from within the boat right by His disciples’ side. He is an ever present help in times of trouble.
April 2, 2020 | 12:00 pm
Who’s ready for church online this weekend? While we can’t gather in the pews, we can gather online at similar service times and create a sense of community. We’ll be streaming Saturday at 5 pm, Sunday at 9:00 am and 11:00 am.
This new platform has:
- a Bible built-in,
- a note section if the Pastors have notes to share,
- a schedule of what’s coming,
- and as soon as we start streaming, you’ll be able to chat live with everyone else that is on. Our new meet and greet! You’ll also have the opportunity to have someone pray for you if you hit the live prayer button.
- stay tuned– we are working on an INVITE A FRIEND button.
If you’re interested in seeing only the service– just click in the box in the lower right corner of the video to expand it to a full screen.
Take the platform for a test spin before this weekend!
After all of the services are done streaming, the message will also be available for viewing on our Youtube channel.
FAITH BUILDER FRIDAY- here’s the ZOOM link for this Friday- https://us04web.zoom.us/j/111163837 We’ll be sharing a cup of our favorite beverage virtually #showusyourmug, sharing scripture and taking the new platform for a test drive if you want to see it LIVE!
TUESDAY TUNES at 2pm on Hope Church Online- We have some great songs planned. Some of you have already submitted requests. Here’s what it’s all about:
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS (with the exception of 4/8) Refuel with PK, FB Live in the Hope Online FB Group.
April 2, 2020 | 9:00 am
Words of Hope from Elder Dave Smith
“But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in You” Psalm 33:18-22.
When we read the book of Psalms, we are reminded that there truly is nothing new under the sun. God’s people have always experienced great joys, endured great suffering, wondered about God’s goodness, praised His holy name, expressed fear and sadness, mourned the loss of loved ones, cried out in astonished wonder, and worshipped the only One who is worthy.
Recent and ongoing events are a pointed reminder that human beings are not in control, that despite all our science, technology, money and power, we are terribly vulnerable, that a microscopic virus can cause our world to spin on a new axis. Believers know that we are utterly dependent on God. Wars and pandemics and stock market crashes help to bring that dependence into sharp focus, to remind us that we are loved, that the God of the Universe sent His Son Jesus to rescue us from the world and to set us free to serve Him into eternity. What an opportunity we have been given to share the Hope of the world with the hopeless!
April 1, 2020 | 3:50 pm
HOPE YOUTH ONLINE
STUDENTS: Join Pastor Greg on Instagram Live on the Hope Youth Instagram here and on Zoom so we can see each other. He’ll be bringing some encouragement every school day for our high school youth at 2:00 and our middle school youth at 3:00. On Sundays, we Zoom at noon after watching the message on Hope’s YouTube at 11.
To join us in the group video chat in Zoom, please download the Zoom app and message us for the Meeting ID. Note that you’ll need to use your real name to be let in from the Zoom waiting room as we won’t let in any “Zoom bombers.”
PARENTS: Join us here in our new Hope Youth Parents group on Facebook for resources and encouragement in these challenging times.
Words of Hope from Elder Mark Erbelding:
“For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” This is the closing thought of a prayer of King Jehoshaphat from 2 Chronicles 20:12 and it shows the dire concern of the day over an invading enemy.
Since there is “nothing new under the sun,” we see the same thing today as fear of the unknown future takes hold of us. Each day the reports change and more measures are taken – we don’t know what to do. But in the same way that Jehoshaphat humbled himself and his people before the Lord, we are called to do the same – and admit that the situation is totally in God’s hands and that our eyes are on Him. The Lord ended up delivering Jehoshaphat and his people in a spectacular way (read 2 Chronicles 20) and we can take hold of that same assurance today – Lord we are powerless, our eyes are on you.
March 28, 2020 | 1:30 pm
Thanks Coloneys for sharing this FREE study from your Hope Group. Perfect timing that you would be studying this topic!
March 26, 2020 | 4:20 pm
Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney
“The sky is falling, the sky is falling,” said Chicken Little in a story from long ago. Each generation has experienced those feelings of fear and anxiety. Through all the generations and events, both personal, local or worldwide there has been one constant.
In God’s Word it says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever” – Hebrews 13:8. He is not surprised or shocked at these events or our reactions. Romans 8:28-29 says that He works good in all things for those who love Him. Faith and worship puts our trust in place to tell Him that we trust what He is doing and why. May He bless our world, country, community, and each of us in our journey with Him.
March 23, 2020 | 1:52 pm
Have current events left you feeling a little shaken lately? A powerful fuel for anxiety is uncertainty about potential negative future events. We’ve seen anxiety take root over the past weeks fueled by Covid-19 uncertainties. Non-stop news feeds keep this uncertainty before our eyes.
David writes, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8). What great assurance and confidence we have in our great God no matter the circumstance! He is the promise keeper. He is the one who holds us close and will never let go. There is no uncertainty in this. Keep your eyes on Jesus and the promises and greatness of God. Look to how Jesus lived out Psalm 16:8 in the events leading to Good Friday. Take time to “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
March 19, 2020 | 2:56 pm
Watch for Words of Hope on Mondays and Thursdays! Be encouraged, by these words from Pastor Larry:
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT
The Israelites faced uncertainty before they crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land. There was a change in leadership from Moses to Joshua. The people had become dependent on Moses, and thus he prepared them for his departure. In the above mentioned verse, Moses shares some great reminders, certainly applicable to us today.
Do we live and act as if God really does go ahead of us? Or do we limp along in uncharted territory, wondering what will happen? Are we paralyzed by fear, or do we put our trust in the Lord and have faith in his plan for our lives?
Take comfort today in knowing that our Mighty, All-Powerful God goes before us. If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
March 17, 2020 5:56 PM
If you’re looking to start a conversation online, look no further:
This group is to keep Hope Youth parents up to date with Hope Youth news and encourage them as they parent Hope Youth students.
As we live in an ever changing time, and we are not currently able to meet together, we are putting together this page for our community to be able to connect, encourage one another and go through our Kids’ Sundays lessons. Our God is excited to hear from us and wants us to continue to connect with one another! 🙂 Watch this page for Large group videos, game ideas, activity ideas, small group discussion questions, fun community tips and more!
A group to offer community, connection, pastor updates and online discussion through FB Watch parties and FB Live and encouraging posts. Stay tuned…there may be a talk show. (We’ve revised the What’s the Win Challenge group…so if you were in that you’re good to go!)