Embracing Hope

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Hope strives to be a safe haven for God's unconditional love.  Every person is invited and encouraged to participate in all Hope activities and roles, including membership and leadership.  In this world most human conflict and separation are caused by differences, like ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, political positions and more. Hope embraces diversity and welcomes all who come through our doors, without exception.

 

 

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Worship and Sunday School
Worship begins at 10 am Sunday Mornings
Sunday school for preschool through 5th grade begins about 15 minutes into the service.
Middle school and high school youth and adults meet immediately after the service.

We are located at 1771 S. Wiesbrook Road Wheaton, IL 60189
Office Hours: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm Monday through Thursday

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Welcoming Hope

A welcoming message from Pastor Jay
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To those of Hope,

I have been sharing here and there my process of cleaning out my

office lately. It has been a real purging” and “focusing process for me.

I was working through my “afterlife/purgatory/heaven/hell” shelf yesterday.

On it were ideasabout Christ’s resurrection, and then the afterlife in

general. These books I kept (how can you throw away books about the

afterlife??) Then on the same shelf I came to a scholarly tome on the

nature of God’s wraith in ancient cultures including Israel.  

This was a bit sobering, but interesting to see how ancient Judaism

began to understand God in common and in distinction from her neighbors.

Finally at the end of the shelf I found a book on “The Love of God” and

I stopped cleaning. Whatever happens to us in our future, that future is

predicated not on a “process” like resurrection etc., but on the nature of

God. What is the nature of God?

We finish up 1 John this week, with a thoroughly fascinating passage

dealing exactly with that. John makes the bold claim that he/she knows

the answer to this exact question. God is love. He (or she) then begins to

unpack therationale of “how” we know God is love. As we approach Father’s

day this Sunday, I would only hint that the writer of 1 John sticks to his/her

metaphors regarding God; God as parent, Christ as child. This is the

relationship to understand divine love. 

Its ponderous to me on this day; I hope you think it through too!

 Let’s come together Sunday and sort it out.

Peace

Pastor Jay

 

June 13, 2019