Time Was When I Wasn’t Able to Pray.

Time was when I wasn’t able to pray. I got confused between the imperfect institution of the church and the divine presence I experienced when I played music or felt/heard a paintbrush move across paper, smelled the vinegar-ish scent of white oak sawed, beheld the complex beauty of a person. I thought for the longest…

Learning to Pray without Ceasing

Dear Beloved, For six weeks, from this Sunday until Advent, Hope Central is focusing on prayer. We want to learn to pray, discover new ways to pray, to experience our prayer more deeply, collectively and individually. As praying people, we are like Jesus, following Jesus. Over and over in our gospel stories of Jesus, Jesus…

Beginning with Pancakes: the Slow Work of Forgiveness

Dear Beloved, Our Lenten practice starts next week. We’ll start with eating, of course, pancakes and syrup, and a funny telling of sins in such a way as to not identify our sins with our humanity. As a people, we’ll reassure the ones who’ve confessed that there is nothing that can separate us from the…

We’re Not Trying to Be Right or Wrong

There is nothing Hope Central Church ought to be doing, there is no need to get things right or wrong, there are no correct amount of services we ought to be holding – two services or one, except this: We ought to be loving God with our whole hearts, bodies, minds, and loving our neighbors…

A Liturgist

A Liturgist One of the things we prize at Hope Central is the diversity of voices in our morning and evening services. Different people stand up, come to the front, and read the welcome statement lead the singing pray the Psalm read the preaching scripture, usually a selection of a Gospel lead the prayers of…