The beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.
The beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being And spreading outward in every direction, the universe came into being, light and matter racing outward. And today, at the outer expanding edge of the Universe, God’s voice echoes on, as it has done for the last 14 billion years, ever onward, “Let there be light.” And there was light, and God saw that it was good.
This Sunday’s guest speaker, Tish Poulter
We had a very special service this Sunday, one where we recognized the importance of all of God’s creatures, especially those near and dear to us. It was a Blessing of the Animals in the tradition of St. Francis.
Join Hope United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 28th at our 10 am service for a “Blessing of the animals in our lives.” Animals refer to all the living creatures people bring to the worship—such as cats and dogs, birds, reptiles, and fish, domesticated or wild. When people are not able to bring an animal, they may wish to bring a picture of an animal they love, a stuffed animal, or even a picture of an endangered species in the wild. A special focus for this service is a public expression of the bond we have with all animals. Through the service, we are able to make them an integral part of our worship life and relationships.
We welcome anyone to bring their animal for a blessing. To accommodate our pets we will hold the service in the fellowship hall. Large animals can be accommodated just outside the fellowship hall door (we will leave the door open so your animal can participate). We’d suggest you think about how your pet might react and make sure they are comfortable and safe. Dogs should be on a leash, cats should be held or in a carry container. Please be prepared to clean/pick up after your beloved companion. We will keep the windows open but if you are allergic, please use your discretion. If you don’t want to bring your pet or don’t have a pet, bring a picture or a favorite stuffed animal to represent your favorite!
Dear companions in Christ:
My heart aches for the massacre that just took place at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, North Carolina. Hate crimes are as evil as terrorism. Please pray for those families and the church that lost so many loved ones. These are the martyrs of the 21 st century. Pray for the perpetrator that he may feel remorse and truly repent of his hideous crime. Justice will be served but God’s justice is even more powerful than anything else.
Please light a candle as a symbol of peace and healing for this community that they may find the strength to grieve and move on together empowered by God’s grace and mercy. Let’s light the way for no more violence across our nation, through the earth.
Peace and grace, Pastor Aida
We celebrate our Relay For Life Team and our contribution to Imagine No Malaria. There’s a little mustard seed that changing the world!