What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:14-17
Word of Hope
I love my church. I have been attending the Cathedral of Hope since early in 2008. In my time at COH, I have witnessed the multitude of people who perform various ministries within (and outside of) the church. This is one of the things I find so appealing about COH. I was raised in the Catholic Church. In my personal experience, members of my Catholic Church were not encouraged to become ministers of the church. There was not much talk about church members actually being the church. We occasionally gave money for people in far-away places that were hungry and needy. The experience at COH is so very different than that.
From the first contact with COH, people are encouraged to seek out a ministry that appeals to them, and even to suggest a new ministry if they do not find the right fit. I love singing in the Sanctuary Choir, and I love writing a new devotion each month. My very favorite ministry is The Walk, a three day spiritual retreat which helps participants to experience God’s grace as they grow in their relationship with God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
I tried the prison ministry, but that was not a good fit for me. I admire the people who continue to write cards and letters each month to people who are in prison. I served at the Breakfast at Cathedral of Hope once or twice, and found that this was also not a good fit for me, but I do support this ministry and Pack the Pantry with my gifts. These ministries are life changing for some of the participants, and I am proud to be a member of the church that performs these ministries. It takes all of us to make the Cathedral of Hope what it is- a place of extravagant welcome. It’s an exciting environment each time I enter the doors; there are always people actively attending to their various ministries
July 11th is “Cheer up the lonely” day. This is a great reminder to reach out to someone who might be feeling cut off from everyone else. Do you know someone who is sick, disabled, or depressed? Make it a priority to reach out to them. They will be thrilled to hear from you!
Loving God, thank You for leading me to the Cathedral of Hope. I have learned so much from the other church members here about how to serve You. I want my actions to be pleasing to You, and I want to show others the way to become part of the church alive.
Cathedral of Hope Member