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Worship February 17, 2019

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.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

The Hope Chancel Choir

Sunday Service, October 28, 2018

Sunday Service, August 26, 2018

Our guest preacher, Rev. Sam Wilde

 

Worship, Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018

We had a lovely service on Easter Day.  If you were unable to be there we hope you enjoy it!

 

Holy Week at Hope UMC

And what about YOU?  What are YOU searching for this Easter?

LOVE? – On Ash Wednesday, we celebrated God’s greatest gift of LOVE – may you especially know what it is to be loved by a strong and very good God! Come on Easter and hear the message of that love risen from the dead!  (Worship at the Quabbin Tower at 6:00 AM, and in our sanctuary at 10:00 AM.)

HEALING? – While we remember Jesus’ life and ministry to others, we have been learning to listen.  We listen to scriptures about Jesus healing others; we listen to God working deep into our souls.

COMFORT? – During Holy Week, we will remember those who stood all around Jesus and walked that final road with him.  Truly the crucifixion was a sorrowful time of life.  And yet they found comfort in being together – on the road, hiding in a room, going to the tomb.  May you find comfort in being a part of this church home.

LISTEN to God these next few weeks as we explore more ways to pray and be still before God.

LISTEN through Holy Week…. Palm Sunday morning as the choir leads us in the beginnings of the Passion Week, and as our young dancers and singers also lead us in worship that day. 

LISTEN through Maundy Thursday at a meal (6:00 PM) followed by communion.  Readings and music remembering the Way of the Cross (the Via Dolorosa) beginning on Thursday and carrying us through to the Crucifixion story on Good Friday (7:00 PM).

LISTEN as the birds begin to sing on Easter morning (up at the Quabbin Tower at 6:00 AM!!!) – and as we lift our voices too – in great celebration of the Risen Lord on April 1st…. perhaps the very greatest April fools ever – a man sealed in a tomb rises from the dead and walks among those left on earth around him once again!  Celebrate the Resurrection at 10:00 AM on Easter morning!

What are YOU searching for?  Come home to HOPE and experience the greatest news, the most powerful love, and the most amazing grace!

Pastor Joy

Holy Week Schedule:

Holy Thursday: 

6 PM Come and share in a light meal of soup and bread

6:45 PM Service of music and readings remembering the Way of the Cross

8:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friday, Prayer vigil in the sanctuary

Good Friday:

7:00 PM Service continuing to remember the Way of the Cross bringing us to the crucifixion

Easter Sunday:

6:00 AM Sunrise Service at the tower at the Quabbin Resevoir.

9:00 AM Sunday School classes

10:00 AM Resurrection Service in the sanctuary, come and celebrate that HE IS RISEN!