The Wednesday night contemporary worship service at Cathedral of Hope is a casual, inspiring, mid week pick-me-up.
This coming Sunday we will dive into our fall sermon series based on Bob Goff’s inspiring book “Everybody Always”. We invite you to come be a part of everybody as we discover what it looks like to love in a world full of setbacks and difficult people.
Pick up your copy of this powerful book at our Sources of Hope book store and join this journey.
If you find yourself feeling anything less than worthy because of the negative messages you that have been spoken over your life, be encouraged by these spontaneous yet powerful words spoken by one of our worship leaders, Veronica at Pulse Worship last Wednesday.
We also invite you to join us this Wednesday at 7:15pm for another inspiring evening of worship, as we talk about choosing HOPE over Despair.
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Someone asked if we were having worship this Wednesday since it’s Halloween. Of course we are! Where else would you rather go to catch the spirit and get some treats (especially in the middle of the week)?
Worship + Message + Communion + 1Hour
*Oh.. and free candy!
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Join us this Wednesday, as we wrap up our “Playlists” sermon series. This week’s worship experience will be located in the Interfaith Peace Chapel directly across from the main building. We hope to see you at 7:15pm!
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It's almost Wednesday and we are excited about Pulse Worship tomorrow evening! What are you excited about today?
Pulse Worship | Matters of the Heart
7:15pm Cathedral of Hope Sanctuary
This Wednesday we had a powerful worship experience, as we embraced the season through this song of graceful brokenness. We hope that this clip leaves you encouraged, and marking your calendar for next Wednesday at 7:15pm .
Gracefully Broken by tasha Cobbs and Matt Redman
Already discouraged by broken resolutions and failed Lenten promises? You are not alone, and sometimes half the battle is just showing up. Don’t beat yourself up this week, but instead join us this Wednesday as we talk about how to overcome struggles and get down to the matters and the heart.
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Last night Rev. Neil challenged us to stop looking at our disabilities as a set-back, but rather the thing in which God’s glory can shine through. What will you embrace within you today that once was considered the root of your shame?
Already counting down to Friday? Come get some life with us tonight at 7:15!
Want to get your worship feels before arriving tonight? Checkout what songs will be in tonight's set list! We are ready! Are you? See you at 7:15pm for worship!
Today's devotional is the gift of Mary Warejcka, based on the following scripture:
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God. He takes away the sins of the world! This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘There is a man coming after me who is greater than I am, because he was living even before I was born.’ I did not know who he was. But I came baptizing people with water so that Israel could know that he is the Messiah.”
Then John said this for everyone to hear: “I also did not know who the Messiah was. But the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘You will see the Spirit come down and rest on a man. He is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen this happen. I saw the Spirit come down from heaven like a dove and rest on this man. So this is what I tell people: ‘He is the Son of God.’” John 1: 29-34
A Word of Hope
Watching bad TV movies on Lifetime is one of my little secrets. I like to just veg out on sappy, unrealistic bad TV that almost always has happy endings. It’s a reprieve from everyday life. It’s also a relief that everything turns out OK in the end. It’s a comforting story. I think, too, that is why the story of Jesus is so compelling to humans. Even though Jesus dies, he lives in the end. Even though Jesus dies, he dies for us. If we confess our sins, we are saved. Jesus saves us. It’s a glass-is-half-full story.
But I wonder if this savior thing might adversely affect how we operate, how our world operates because we take advantage of it in all the wrong ways? It’s reassuring that we can be forgiven for our worst impulses. That nothing is ever lost if only we can repent. But what does that really mean?
I’ve always liked the Jewish understanding of atonement, where it’s about much more than just asking for forgiveness. It’s working at forgiveness and includes four steps:
Asking for forgiveness after confessing the error
Resolving to never make the mistake again
Going to the person you offended to make it right – you have to keep going back several times if the person first doesn’t want to forgive you
Then actually acting different from that point on
We have strayed so far from this sort of forgiveness in public places. Just think about when was the last time you heard a real apology from a public figure. Usually, the apology goes something like this: I am sorry to anyone who was offended. That is a result of some PR person somewhere figuring out how to say you’re sorry without actually being sorry. This absolves the speaker of doing something offensive – because the problem is shifted to the one being offended. It admits nothing. Says nothing. Does nothing. It’s easy. It’s a cheap apology. This sort of public non-apology has a way of seeping into our individual consciousness, too. But what if we did real apologies?
As Jewish animator Hanan Harchol explains: “Repairing a broken relationship or trust takes work, commitment, and a desire to do what you can to fix what has been broken. ‘Repair’ (teshuvah) is encouraged throughout Jewish teaching; in fact, it is required in most cases when people make mistakes. Judaism’s take is that repairing a mistake or apologizing for behavior is always an option, no matter the situation. The responsibility lies in your hands; the work of repair requires effort but is not impossible and has a value in and of itself.”
So in the end, we are our own savior – because we are willing to admit we’re wrong and we seek to make it right with anyone we’ve offended. And because we have done that, God forgives us, too. Some may consider this blasphemy to be our own savior, but I think this is really why Jesus came, why we have baptism as a initiation into this way of life, where we are willing to work at repairing our lives, our world. Jesus taught us to be like him. Jesus was always about repairing lives.
Forgive them for they know not what they do. Forgive us for not knowing, for not being curious enough to want to know, for knowing and not confessing and doing the hard work to transform our lives. Help us change that so that we might be a part of healing the world.
CoH Bicycling Group's Next Ride is THIS Saturday January 13, 3 p.m.
Meet behind Dallas Bike Works/Lake House, 4875 W. Lawther Dr.
This is a group for people interested in bicycle riding as a means of bringing more activity into their lives and meeting new people who share the same
interest. This group is perfect for people wanting to bike at a slower pace than
some other groups, however, there will be opportunities for faster paced rides
The group meets the Second Saturday of each month. Weather permitting, the
next ride is THIS Saturday, January 13 at 3 p.m.
Contact Jacque ([email protected]) for more information.
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Today's devotional is the gift of Rev. Dr. Gary Kindley, Pastoral Counselor at #cohdallas, based on the following scripture:
Up to this point they listened to him, but then they shouted, “Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live.” Acts 2:22 NRSV
A Word of Hope
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
“With Gratitude for Officers of the Law”
The call woke me from a sound sleep as it was sometime after midnight. I recognized the voice as a friend from the dispatch office of the local police department where I volunteered as police chaplain. I thought it odd that she would be the one calling as she didn’t work the midnight shift. Her tone was stoic and mechanical, operating professionally and likely with emotion held back to keep from crying.
“Chaplain Kindley, this is the police communication supervisor. We have an officer shot. I’m sending a car for you. They will be at your house in 10 minutes and take you to the scene.” She didn’t wait for much more than my “O.K.” before she hung up. I was one of many notifications she was likely making.
There is much angst around the subject of law enforcement. Certainly, as in any profession, there are some who violate the trust society places in them and bring harm to others and to their noble profession. These violations are magnified in this era of 24-hour news and instant, worldwide coverage. They were actually worse before and during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. We’ve come a long way as a society and have very far yet to go to see true justice and equality of human rights.
When a law enforcement officer is shot, it tears at the fabric of our society. It is an attack on all of us and on the laws by which we live. Laws are changed at the legislature and through the courts, not by attacking a police officer---a fellow human being---and ending their life at our own self-righteous hands.
Some of the most thoughtful, courteous, intelligent, well-educated and self-disciplined human beings I’ve ever met were members of the police or the military. They made great sacrifices to be in the positions they were in, and so did their family. When they kissed their spouse and hugged their children goodbye to start their shift or tour of duty, there was a greater likelihood that they would not return home than with most other vocations.
Some in our present culture attack the media and call them “fake news.” Some attack police and by their actions say that their lives matter less than others. The lives of law enforcement officers, people of color, immigrants, refugees, homeless, indigent, conservatives, liberals, and the mentally ill all matter.
In today’s text from The Acts of the Apostles, when the Apostle Paul was speaking to doubters and accusers in Jerusalem, he encountered those who rushed to judgment and simply decided his life was of no value. God help us when ever we think like that!
Affirmation of Discipleship
When next I encounter someone with a badge, I will take a moment to offer gratitude. Even if I get a suspicious response (for gratitude is likely not something they often receive), for the sake of humanity I will offer it anyway.
It's the second week of the month so it's time for Blessing Bag Mobile Ministry!!
Shopping lists are distributed on the first Wednesday of each month following the PULSE worship service. Items on the list are purchased during the week and brought back the second Wednesday of the month. Donated items are collected in the lobby before service. Members of the Blessing Bag Mobile Ministry assemble the bags during the service, and the congregation is invited to take a few bags with them to keep on hand in their cars.
Blessing Bag Shopping List:
any individually wrapped snacks
breakfast bars/cereal bars/granola bars
peanut butter and cheese crackers
single packaged nuts/trail mix
toothbrush and toothpaste
Vienna sausage (pop-top can)
Gallon size zip lock bags
Contact Angie Turner at [email protected] with questions.
cathedralofhope.com What are Blessing Bags? Typically, they are gallon size Ziploc® bags that contain snacks, travel-size toiletries, socks, a bottle of water, grooming supplies, and other items that people who live on
Today's devotional is the gift of Matthew Crawley, based on the following scripture:
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work. Exodus 20.8-10 NIV
A Word of Hope
I guess most of us are all rested and relaxed after the holidays. No? If you’re anything like me, you feel like you crawled your way, breathless, over the finish line. In spite of extra time off work and all manner of merriment, we find ourselves more depleted. For we have not rested.
As people, particularly as Americans, we see down-time as an opportunity to cram more “productivity” into our already taxing schedules. We certainly do not carve out time to rest.
We were never created to work all the time. We were not intended to be “on call” at every moment. But that seems to be our goal. I have friends who tout their four hours of sleep per night like a badge of honor. We revel in our busyness. Perhaps we believe our doing rather than our being is the determiner of our value.
I grew up Southern Baptist, which was about as Sabbath observant as you could get in Carrollton, Texas. But, even Southern Baptists cooked and cleaned on Sundays. You could work on Sunday and still technically be a Christian, though it was relatively equivalent to wearing a bikini to a funeral. Since we didn’t know any observant Jews or Muslims or Seventh-Day Adventists, all we learned about keeping the Sabbath came from the Old Testament. I couldn’t imagine anything more dour. It sounded like psychological warfare.
I only associated a dismal list of rules with this call to rest. Certainly nothing will ruin a beautiful concept quite like oppressive, astringent men trying to police the Universe. As a result, the call to “Set aside time on a regular basis to rest and enjoy your life” felt onerous when saddled with a litany of do’s and don’ts. What began as a gift for us to anticipate and enjoy became more like a burden for us to endure. Setting aside a time for rest and contentment, however, was intended to be a gift to us, an opportunity to deepen our relationship with God, ourselves, and each other by avoiding the typical distractions of daily life.
Kristen v. H. Middleton wrote a beautiful article about her decision to observe Sabbath time every week. * “When artists paint a picture, there is something that appears called “negative space.” Essentially, it’s the space formed around an object, and in many ways, is just as important as the object itself. While the viewer may not consciously register the negative space because they are focused on the main object, the negative space actually gives the eye room to rest, further highlighting the focal point of the painting. So it is with downtime. For me, slowing down on Sunday creates a much-needed contrast to my busy life. Resting on Sundays allows me to work more productively and to shine more vibrantly when I am active.”
I’m not asking any of us to incorporate this dedicated time of rest into our schedules. I only ask that we be open to a reinterpretation, rather than abandonment, of some form of Sabbath observance.
Prayer: Most Loving God, we ask you to show us the compassion and grace that characterizes a time of rest. Show us the places, people, and things that pull us away from listening to the deepest parts of ourselves, to Your voice, and to others. Reveal to us the benefit of scheduling time for us to be rather than to do. And we pray your blessing upon us as we reconsider a dedicated time of rest, rejuvenation, and deeper relationships.
And so it is. Amen.
Women’s Council Meeting is THIS MONDAY, January 8th
Join the COH Women’s Council to help create women-centric programs for socializing, education and spirituality. Help to develop programs to support women leaders on the chancel and as lay ministers throughout our church. In the future, we will also be developing programs to reach women in the community and world, connecting with women of other religions and helping women in our larger community and world. Be a part of the change you seek. All women are welcome.
cathedralofhope.com Join the COH Women’s Council to help create women-centric programs for socializing, education and spirituality. Help to develop programs to support women leaders on the chancel and as lay ministers
Today's devotional is the gift of an Anonymous writer (who's name will be revealed at year’s end), based on the following scripture:
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through (the One) who gives me strength. Philippians 4: 11 – 13 (NIV)
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I am about to embark on a journey in 2018 that has me very uncertain and anxious. Even more than the time I lost a bet with a coworker resulting in me jumping out of a perfectly functioning plane at 5,000 feet. More frightening than skydiving: I intend for 2018 to be “A Year Without Shopping.”
It is something I have been thinking about for nearly two years. I first had the thought in 2015 when I saw an interview on the Today show with a family who committed to no unnecessary purchases for a year. They later wrote a book. I thought seriously about it over the recent holidays after reading an essay in the New York Times. The writer spoke about the unexpected discoveries – both about her physical needs and wants and about her own emotional needs.
I am only getting started exploring my motivations – why do I feel this is important? I am sure there will be benefits: lowering my carbon footprint, saving time, and certainly saving money. But I think my deeper motivation is touched on by Paul in his letter to the folks living in Philippa. Can I honestly say I am content?
I feel so caught up in the whirlwind of my life. I am always striving for more. Striving can be a good thing – taking on more responsibility at work seems to preoccupy me now – and I have always been a person who is looking for what comes next. But I am missing the calmness that comes from true contentment regardless of what life is throwing at me because of my self-induced stress that comes from feeling I need to be achieving more.
Duane Elgin, who writes extensively on leading a simplified life, says “Bringing simplicity into our lives requires that we discover the ways in which our consumption either supports or entangles our existence.”
I am feeling pretty entangled as 2018 starts. I hope some of what I learn this year is to be content – whether I have more than I need or if I have just enough. And I may learn that having enough is much less than I think I need.
I will be sharing my journey with you as together we go through 2018. CoH has agreed to let me remain anonymous. I think it will be easier to be as honest and frank with you as I can be about my successes and failures and lessons learned.
It is going to be an interesting year.
God, you are my Shephard. I have everything I need.
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