Embracing Hope

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Hope's Welcoming Statement

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.



Finding Hope

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

You can find Jay's sermons and other videos on the YouTube channel "Voice of Hope Wheaton"

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Welcoming Hope

A welcoming message from Pastor Jay

To Those who Hope,


There are entrances and there are closed doors in every religion. Every once in awhile

you will hear consternation from outsiders of a different religion towards elements of

practice and ritual that are “closed from the public view” in another. Receiving the Eucharist

at a Roman Catholic Mass is reserved for faithful Roman Catholics alone. Entering a sealed

Temple is reserved only for Mormons in good standing alone. The Hadj/pilgrimage to the Holy

Kaaba is only accessible to a Muslim who has recited the Shahada and become a part of the

Ummah (community) alone. We Protestants don’t really have anything that is “off limits” in our

tradition, so we tend to find these rules confusing sometimes if not unfriendly.


However, the belief in the “holiness” or “set apart-ness” of places and rituals goes back

to the Bible itself.  As I read our text for this Sunday (Ezekiel 44:1-5) I find myself

appreciating this understanding of sacred exclusion better as I get older, holding it in tension

with an understanding of a Christ who invites into such places. How do you find your life in

this respect? What doors are closed for good reason, and what doors remain “open to the

public.” We are slowly coming to the end of the Prophet Ezekiel this summer, I invite you to

join me as we enter the gates given for us this Sunday.



Pastor Jay



As I speak of sacred exclusion, there is also the need to experience prophetic fulfillment

and human solidarity; the coming together of the whole people. Tonight at 7pm we will

be having a Peace Vigil to remember the need to protect the basic human right of the

diversity of our religious beliefs. Many from our community will be there. I invite you to come

and join!




August 22, 2019




Relating Beyond Hope

Our gatherings at Hope are relating beyond our building to the local community, the nation, and the world.  We reach out to feed the hungry, both directly (e.g. volunteering at the Peoples Resource Center food pantry) and by supporting worldwide hunger relief programs (e.g. Bread for Life).  In addition, we have developed close relationships with two sister churches - one in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood for over 25 years and the other a small church in Havana, Cuba for over 5 years.  Click on the Outreach tab for more.

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  Promoting Interfaith Hope

Hope strives to develop relationships with all our diverse neighbors, whatever their backgrounds or religious convictions, they are a gift from God.  Through our relationships with Bethel New Life, an African American congregation, and with friends discovered through our Hispanic Outeach Ministry, we are grateful for the glimpses of the Beloved Community on our little hill.  Members of the Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Native American, Mormon and LGBT communities also participate in our worship services, adult education classes and outreach activities.  We learn from one another, support each other in difficult times, and celebrate our common life together.  Click on the Ministry/Partners tab for more.

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