Stubborn Hope

Stubborn Hope

December 10, 2017
Rev. Justin Schroeder

As Rev. Jen preached last Sunday, there’s a fine line between hope and despair. Sometimes the world seems hopeless and change impossible. Hope feels like a cruel joke. Despair seems to move through every fiber of our being. But what if, as Emily Dickinson writes, “Hope is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all.” What if hope is this stubborn? What if, unbeknownst to us, and regardless of circumstances, hope is singing away in the deepest parts of our souls?

Join us for worship this Sunday, Dec. 10, at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m.

Order of Service: December 10 Order of Service

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Offering Recipient: Simpson Shelter (give here)

December Worship Theme: Hope
Barbara Kingsolver writes, “The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what to hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” Some of us struggle to find hope. Some of us take hope for granted. Hope is what sends a student to school, an addict to a 12-step program, an activist out into the street. Theologian Julie Neraas writes, “While hope is a strengthening force, it also lays a person open to the vulnerabilities of love, desire, expectation, disappointment, loss.” This month we wrestle with hope, what to hope for, with all its complexity, and how to live under its roof.

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