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May 17, 2020

Pandemic of Hope

Pandemic of Hope

Speaker: Brook Scott

Series: May 2020

Keywords: community, hope, pandemic, common good

In the face of death, Jesus reassured the disciples that his death and resurrection would bring them God’s abiding love and new life in the Spirit. He reminded the disciples to keep his commandments as a way to show His love to the world. We, too, are struggling with uncertainty in our world because of the corona virus pandemic. How do we keep Christ’s Easter hope alive in the face of uncertainty? Where do you see and feel God’s abiding love at work in your world? Where does the Holy Spirit enliven you to act today?

“A true gift of the Spirit builds up community and contributes to the common good rather than serving the self-promotion of a few.” ~Daniel Migliore

Scripture Readings

Psalm 66:8-20
Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid burdens on our backs; you let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place. I will come into your house with burnt offerings; I will pay you my vows, those that my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble. I will offer to you burnt offerings of fatlings, with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams; I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me.

John 14:15-21
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.

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