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

To those who Hope,


There are only so many ways to tell a story, and many times a story begs to be told a

certain way.  I had been working over our story of Jesus for this Sunday (the healing of

the blind man John 9) and seeking to discern a new way of hearing the tale.  What I

normally do is begin to write out a “structural outline” just out of curiosity to see if I can

detect anything structural that might give me some ideas of places to go in a sermon.

As I kept working over it (and am still doing this today), there are two things I sketched

on my scratch paper:  the power of our perceptions to create discord, and the use of the

story plot of “role reversal/irony” in Gospel stories.  Not much so far eh?  A unifying theme

this Ordinary Time/Fall is the waters of baptism, and this Sunday I hope to use it to

this famous story where Jesus asks a desperate person (perhaps like you and I), “Go and

wash in the basin and you will be healed.”  Hope to see you there!




Stephen Patterson is one of my favorite author’s about Jesus (in the 80’s he was on

the infamous Jesus Seminar).  His new book, “the Forgotten Creed:  Christianity’s

Original Struggle against Bigotry, Slavery, and Sexism” is a real page turner.  For the

next few weeks I invite you to join me at the back of the sanctuary after worship, as we

dissect the powerful inclusive statement, found in our baptismal liturgy (“There is neither

Jew nor Greek, Slave nor Free, Male nor Female…), that pre-dates Paul’s conversion to

Christianity (that’s WAY far back).  Let’s come and talk about the waters of baptism!




Last week the session spoke about their recent visioning process and “5 year plan.”

We are in the process of seeking to make sure everyone has a chance to see it.

If you haven’t, there will be extras at the back of the sanctuary as you come in this Sunday.

Come join in the vision!



See you Sunday!



Pastor Jay





September 19, 2019