Last Sunday I was able to take a some time away from church. I have preached almost every Sunday for quite a while and it was good to take a break and listen to Reverend Andria and Reverend Andre continue our current sermon series, “All About Hope.” In their unique voices they shared their heart and experiences in growing hope in times when things seem hopeless.
Hope is a powerful force, and it needs to be cultivated and cared for. It is something that fills us with aspirations, dreams, goals and visions for the future and it is certainly something that keeps me moving forward in both my personal, spiritual, and professional life – it is the gift that keeps me encouraged in our church life here at Cathedral of Hope.
This Sunday we gather again, in person and online to remember and celebrate the hope that inspired the leadership of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will remember the vision he cast for a better and more equal world. It was his faith that led him to believe that justice was something that God desired for the world; that change, and transformation was, and is, possible.
Our whole relationship with God is about change, transformation, and a commitment to make this earth more like God’s heaven. Our shared work is about healing the world and repairing what is broken. It was this vision that inspired the founding of Cathedral of Hope in 1970 and it is this vision that inspires us, even today. We are not finished – indeed, in the brokenness of the world today, our work, it seems is just beginning!
Last night (Wednesday) both the Finance Committee and Development Committee met. In both of their meetings they made clear their hope and desire to ensure that our beloved community was both financially secure and moving forward in the vision and mission that has been set before us. They shared the concern of a changing world, changing habits and the ongoing need for us to keep safe and well. At the same time, they also recognized the need for everyone us to make fresh our commitment to remain faithful in our attendance and offering of time, talent and, yes, our treasure. Making a commitment to give, financially to our unfinished work of justice, as well as the work of ensuring that people are taken care of in both their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs.
It is imperative that we feed the hungry, visit the sick, clothe the naked, as Jesus would say, as well as provide a safe space for worship, and lead with a moral voice of justice and change. This work can only be done by all of us, together, making good on our commitments to sacrificially give to the work of God that continues to unfold in and through the church we know as COH.
That is why, today, I am asking you (and me) to think about our commitment to this beloved community and, on Sunday, or during the week, not only pray for our work, but to step up and give of our time, our talent and, yes, our treasure.
2022 will be a transformational year for our church. It will also be a challenging one as COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives and decisions for ourselves and our neighbors. Please stand with me. Pray with me. Step up with me. And let us prove, once again, that God is bigger than our fears, our challenges, and allow God to rise again among as we build again a church that has proven, over and over, that God is still in the miracle business.
Please know that I appreciate everyone of you and, if you are ready to step up with me, and haven’t already done so, make your pledge to the work and ministry of COH in 2022, and beyond. (click here)
Finally, please know that I am praying for you, as we live into our name more fully. HOPE, it is not just in our name…it lives in our hearts!