We thank Colleen Harris for another Sunday as our substitute organist. It’s always a pleasure to hear her play. Thank you as well to Lisa Patel for her lovely flute accompaniment and solo. This Sunday’s sermon deals with the upcoming issues surrounding the language in the United Methodist Book of Discipline. There will be a special General Conference held February 23-26th in St. Louis Missouri to try to resolve the denomination’s deadlock over how we treat members of the LBGTQ community who wish to be ordained as clergy or married in the church. If you are interested and would like to read more, there is a lot of information on the New England Annual Conference website .
If you are checking out our website for the first time, please know that this issue does not define us! Hope UMC is a loving, welcoming faith community working in mission and ministry in our world.
This Sunday marks the 500th anniversary of Reformation Sunday, remembering Martin Luther’s break with the Catholic Church of his day, and his posting of the “95 Theses” on the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
Many Protestant churches have continued to branch off from Luther’s first branch, and will remember that historic event in worship this weekend.
All are invited to worship with us at Hope United Methodist Church on Main St in Belchertown at 10 am, as we share in a Luther Hymn Festival: “Through the Christian Year with Martin Luther.” Many hymns written by Martin Luther will be sung by soloists, choir, and congregation. Luther himself said, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world!”
As we observe Reformation Sunday in a world torn and divided, it is with the prayer that we may continue to move towards unity and community, both in the church and in the world.
Join us this Sunday, or any Sunday at 10 am, at Hope United Methodist Church.
“Guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit, our mission is to know, experience, and share God’s love as shown to us in Jesus Christ.”
10 AM Worship; Come and receive the palms that commemorate Christ’s triumphant entry to Jerusalem.
April 13th:Holy Thursday
6 PM Holy Thursday service with a simple meal of bread and soup and Holy Communion
8 PM Prayer Vigil begins
April 14th:Good Friday
3 PM Prayer Vigil ends with the tolling of the bell in remembrance of Christ’s death
7 PM Good Friday; The Passion Story
April 16th:Easter Sunday
6 AM Ecumenical Sunrise Service at the Quabbin Reservoir Tower
9 AM Sunday School
10 AM Grand Easter Celebration; Be inspired and uplifted by our spirit filled choir and our liturgical Rainbow Dancers. Refresh, restore, and renew your relationship with the one who called you beloved.
We’ve been inviting our congregation to bring pictures to Hope to be placed around the sanctuary that show Christ’s Love and Grace in our Church community. As the webmaster I thought “hey, we have pictures here in the website, maybe I can put some of them up!” This little slideshow is just a small snapshot of all the wonderful people and events that happen because Hope is here. Come and join us this Sunday for the annual church celebration of our campaign and bring your own pictures that show the outpouring of Love from our community!
Monrovia District Superintendent receiving the Hope Prayer Quilt
Gretchen and Debby relax after all their hard work.