April 26th, 2020

Call to Worship

The word has come for us from God:
who promises to shelter us under the wings of hope and grace.
The word has come to us from Jesus:
who encourages us to remember the good news we have received.
The word flows to us from the Spirit:
who reminds us to place our hope and trust in God.

Let us receive and respond to God’s word today.

Respond to God’s Word

Here’s a prayer reflection inspired by Romans 4:18, where Paul writes that, “Hoping against hope…” Abraham continued to believe the promise of God.

Rough Translations
(inspired by Romans 4:18)

Hope nonetheless.
Hope despite.
Hope regardless.
Hope still.

Hope where we had ceased to hope.
Hope amid what threatens hope.
Hope with those who feed our hope.
Hope beyond what we had hoped.

Hope that draws us past our limits.
Hope that defies expectations.
Hope that questions what we have known.
Hope that makes a way where there is none.

Hope that takes us past our fear.
Hope that calls us into life.
Hope that holds us beyond death.
Hope that blesses those to come.

~ written by Jan L. Richardson, and posted on The Painted Prayerbook. http://paintedprayerbook.com/

  • How is God calling you to live today in light of what God will do?
  • Where to you need to focus, to refill your reservoir of hope in these days as you trust in God?
  • How can your life overflow in these days a source of hope to the world?

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