Hope from Hood


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May 2018

Join us Sunday mornings as we explore popular sayings that miss the point. They are simple phrases, such as: Everything happens for a reason God helps those who help themselves Love the sinner, hate the sin and others. They sound Christian – like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard them.  Maybe we’ve even said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Discover the whole truth by comparing Christian cliches with the wisdom found in Scripture.1 From 10:00 – 10:30 am......

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22
May 2018
Faces of Faith - New Summer Series

Stories bring people together. Stories teach us. Stories comfort us. Stories challenge us. Stories inspire us. Our lives are literally made up of hundreds and thousands of stories. There are lots of stories from our faith and we tell over and over again. Some you may know by heart. But there are also dozens of stories that get overlooked, forgotten, or set aside. This summer we are going to turn back to some of those great but often unknown stories of faith! Announcing our Summer Worship Series at Hood – Faces of......

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21
May 2018
A Church on Fire

This is a church on fire, this is the Holy Spirit flame We have a burning desire to lift up Jesus’ name Let the fire burn in every heart to light the way, defeat the dark Let the flame of love burn higher This is a church, this is a church on fire The lyrics of this song from Hillsong Worship seem to sum up the burning within me today.  It is a burning with passion for God’s church.  It is a burning of appreciation for the people of Hood Memorial Christian......

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30
Apr 2018
I Am...

The gospel of John is full of “I am” statements.  Jesus’ use of metaphors and vivid imagery helps his followers find a way to connect to him.  If you are hungry–you might connect to Jesus being the bread of life.  If you are lost, you might connect to Jesus being the way.  If you are a farmer, you might connect to Jesus being a shepherd or a vine.  Here are a few examples in the first 15 chapters of John (a few we have visited during sermons on Sunday morning). I am......

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24
Apr 2018
Joining Hands

Joining hands across our community is a powerful act. It symbolizes our longing to live in unity with one another. It enacts our belief that we have much in common. It embodies our hope that together we can make a difference in our community. And in a time when dissension, division, and disunion is rampant within our society, joining hands across the distance of our communities and in spite of our differences speaks to a core hope of our Christian faith and practice: “that they may all be one,” as Jesus prayed......

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05
Feb 2018
Matthew and Mark

I have just begun the book of Mark.  Whoah!!  The differences between the two gospels stand out immediately.  Have you noticed them as drastically this time, too? Here are a couple of my observations after re-reading the first chapter of Mark. Mark doesn’t have a birth narrative. Mark’s gospel assumes that we have already heard of Jesus.  He does not spend time building up Jesus’ credibility like the gospel of Matthew.   Mark doesn’t spend as much time on details…he gets straight to the point. Because Mark proclaims Jesus’ authority upfront, Jesus jumps......

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29
Jan 2018
You serve, you are great!

Technically, I am on day 19 on the reading plan (Matthew 22).  We are moving right along.  Just a few more days in the gospel of Matthew.  But today, I want to reflect on words from Matthew 20 that spoke loudly to me when I read it this time. In Matthew 20:20, Jesus is approached by the mother of James and John. She asks him to make a special spot on each side of him for her sons in his kingdom.  Jesus tells her that isn’t really his responsibility.  And then the......

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08
Jan 2018
Matthew: Jesus Fulfills

The journey has begun.  Admittedly a few days late, but I have made it through the first three chapters of Matthew.  This year certainly hasn’t started off as I had hoped, but that’s why I have you all on the journey with me…holding me accountable. During the first three chapters, Matthew spends a lot of time building Jesus’ credibility.  Matthew almost seems like a lawyer setting up all the reasons we should believe him. He spends the first 17 verses of his Gospel detailing Jesus’ lineage so we will be reminded of......

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13
Dec 2017
The Art of Waiting

I’ve been reading a wonderful Advent collection from the writings of one of my favorite German theologians Dietrich Bonhoeffer. And I want to share one of these devotions with you today. Many of us are experiencing some intense situations of waiting this Advent season – waiting on family to come home for the holidays, waiting through the journey of grief over the loss of a loved one, waiting on medical tests, waiting in hospitals, waiting for answers, waiting for strength and pace…and so much more. I found this piece encouraging within my......

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06
Dec 2017
White Gift Tradition

One of my favorite traditions while I was a student at Hollins University was the White Gift Service.  It was a worship service held in the University’s beautiful duPont chapel on one of the first Sundays in December.  As a member of the Hollins Chapel Choir, we prepared beautiful Advent and Christmas music for this occasion each year.  The service also included scripture, appropriate readings, candle lighting, bells from the carillon, stories, dance, and instrumental music from the large pipe organ, and solo performances from the music staff.   Many people in the......

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