Vacation Bible School – Aug. 25-29

We have an awesome team of leaders who each summer put together a fun, interactive program. This year our theme is Weird Animals! All children ages 4-12 are welcome to join us. We meet from 9:00 to noon, August 25 to 29. It’s only $25 per child or $40 per family of two or more […]

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July 6 – When a yoke means freedom

Today’s gospel reading contains iconic words from Jesus: “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke […]

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June 29 – Praise & lament

Though we may prefer to think of God giving us lives of joy and ease, a full life in Christ also includes sorrow and grief. To the extent we are willing to acknowledge God’s presence in every circumstance, our faith becomes integrated and sustainable through a lifetime.┬áThe texts for today offer a survey of faith-full […]

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June 22 – God with us

Our pastors and delegates have just returned from Synod Convention where we addressed the changing nature of society’s relationship with the church. Today we hear the words of Bishop Larry Kochendorfer in a sermon written for congregations throughout the synod. He speaks of God with us, reminding is that life with Jesus is always, every […]

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June 15 – On earth as in heaven

This is Holy Trinity Sunday. It isn’t just a time to wrestle with the idea of One in Three Persons, but also the shape of our lives. We are reminded that our blessing of the world is our part of the Trinitarian work and relationship we celebrate. In it we embody God the Father with […]

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June 8 – Pentecost

Today is Pentecost Sunday. Traditionally we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, the one sent by Jesus to continue to inspire us in our following of him. At Hope we celebrate Confirmation Sunday too. This year five of our youth will affirm their baptism. A special part of this service is hearing these youth […]

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June 1 – Ascension of our Lord

In today’s gospel the risen Christ ascends into heaven and his followers are assured that the Spirit will empower them to be witnesses throughout the earth. The disciples were told to not gaze up into heaven to look for Jesus; we find his presence among us as we proclaim the word and share the Easter […]

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May 25 – S’MORE good times

Join us today for worship followed by a campfire where we will roast marshmallows and provide the fixings for s’mores. It’s time to start thinking about going to camp this summer! Camp Kuriakos is a wonderful place to get to know and experience God’s love for each of us. Go on your own, or even […]

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May 18 – A place prepared for you

As we continue to celebrate the fifty days of Easter, today’s gospel includes Jesus’ promise that he goes to prepare a place for his followers in his Father’s house. Our baptism commission is to share Jesus’ mission in the world. As the reading from First Peter reminds us, we are a holy people, called to […]

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May 13 – The entry point to abundant living

This day is sometimes called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Jesus is also called the “gate” of the sheep in the gospel reading. But this gate is not the barrier we sometimes imagine it to be. Instead it is an entry point. The risen Christ opens for us the way to abundant life. Echoing the words of […]

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