Hope offers a variety of worship experiences for people of all ages to enjoy. Our traditional Sunday worsip service at 10 a.m. is relaxed and informal.
On most Sundays Pastor Jay leads off our worship service playing his guitar while we all join in on the opening song. Occasionally, Jay will lead us in a song he has written himself. Sermons are upbeat and thought provoking, relating the Bible and Jesus' loving messages to current topics and modern life.
Hope celebrates Communion approximately once a month. Sometimes we gather around a table, which harkens back to Hope's beginnings in a farmhouse that occupied our little hill, and other times we practice intinction by dipping the bread into the cup. Everyone who wishes to participate is welcome at Hope's Communion table.
Our Music program is an important part of our worship service, featuring Pastor Jay and his guitar, our Choir, our Chimes Choir and special music provided by many talented Hopers and friends. Our Choir Director, Yuliya Hedroyts, has a master's degree in Piano Performance and our accompanist, Svetlana Mars, also has a music degree in piano.
Prayers of the People is a long-standing tradition at Hope. During each Sunday service, anyone who has a joy or concern is invited to stand and ask for prayers. If you would rather pray in a more private setting you are invited to join an elder at the Christ Candle at the front of the sanctuary after the church service has ended.
The Arts are also an important part of our worship experience. Hope has many beautiful quilts, lovingly hand made by Hope's members, that hang at the front of the sanctuary. Each tells a different story that relates to a particular season in the church year. Two banners were made by our sister church, La Fernanda, in Havana, Cuba. Recently we were honored with a blanket from the Ojibwa tribe in Bad River, WI.
During the week leading up to Easter Hope pushes the sanctuary chairs aside and sets up a Labyrinth. Everyone is invited to walk the Labyrinth and use that time for meditation and contemplation. If you have never walked a Labyrinth Hope sets aside a time for you to learn more about this experience.