“The Lord takes pleasure in those who hope in his steadfast love.” – Psalm 147:11
“In hope we were saved.” – Romans 8:24
The Bible is a book of hope from front to back. At Hope Reformed Church we are striving to embrace this hope; the hope that our loving God is reaching out to save the world. As you page through this website you’ll discover that we are seeking to embrace hope by doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God. In other words, we are seeking to live the life today that God lived when he walked the earth in Jesus of Nazareth, our Lord and Savior. It might not make us rich or famous or be a very glamorous way of life, but we believe God is our only hope to make the world a better place. We don’t imagine to have all of the answers, but we do know where we are going. We are walking in the Spirit on the road of Jesus Christ into God’s kingdom of life and peace. We invite you to join us on this Pilgrimage of Hope!
Our theme for worship this Lenten season is "Getting Carried Away." We've all known someone who has gotten carried away by some idea or passion or behavior. They get wrapped up, almost consumed by it. It's rarely a good thing. Or, is it?
In fact, every friend that everyone of us have were strangers at one time. Everyone that we know we had to take the time to get to know. For every person that we have come to care about, there was a time when we didn’t care about them at all. All of the friends we have were strangers and they would have remained that way if we didn’t take the chance and share conversations and spend time together. Many strangers have become friends. But even though that’s the case, we still treat strangers as strange.
You’ll remember that our theme for this year is “Living Faith Fully.” We’ve talked about how faith is this combination of belief and trust; believing that Jesus is God’s Son and trusting all of God’s promises in him. We’re spending the next few weeks exploring those ways that we can be filled with faith. We’re looking at those ways of life that helps us know what we believe and grow in our trust. Compassion is one of those ways. Compassion literally means “suffering with.” Compassion means walking with someone else while they struggle and struggling alongside them. You feel it in the pit of your stomach and it gets you all twisted up inside, but it’s more than just a feeling. Compassion means taking on some of the risk, taking on some of the suffering. Compassion means shouldering some of the burden and letting someone else’s life have an impact on your own. Compassion is what we find Jesus living in the gospel story we heard this morning.