The most meaningful part of my Hope journey this past month has been the series of sermons our pastors have preached on Hope. I’m honestly not sure they intended to have a Series, but I’ve seen it that way.
On October 6, the lectionary passage was Lamentations 3:24 ” ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him’.” Apparently, this is the only passage of hope in that whole book. That Sunday was World Communion Sunday and the message closed with these hopeful words:
Every time we gather to worship, every time we come to the table together, we are claiming and proclaiming hope. We are acknowledging the openness of the world, we’re confessing our own sinfulness, and we’re still showing up. We’re choosing hope, community, unity with Christ and with each other. It’s not just that we’re invited and welcomed at the table. It’s that we come to it and are then sent out, fed and nourished, inspired and equipped to go and live out hope in the world. That we realize that the grace we taste here and the hope it embodies are good. That we need more of it in our lives, the world needs more of it, and there is an abundance of it at this table.
The next Sunday’s message was about endurance. Then we had “Hope Springs Eternal”. We heard that line (and a few more) from Pope’s An Essay on Man along with Isaiah 43:18-19a “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs both, do you not perceive it?”
And then this past Sunday we remembered all those who had passed away this year. We lit candles and we cried. And we gave thanks for the gift of those lives, whose memories live among us still.
Hope is about showing up for each other and being in community together. It’s an attitude of endurance, renewal, abundance, gratitude, and confidence.
I am grateful to be joining in with Juliann and all of you to share about this journey. Thank you, friends!