Faith and Hope in Uncertain Times
Sundays online Worship May 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21 ,28
Note: Our building is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are worshiping online. The links to our worship services can be found on our Church Outside the Building page.
John 16: 33 Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Natalee Sleeth’s beautiful hymn “In the Bulb There is a Flower” wonderfully captures a truth about : In our death, a resurrection, at the last, a victory, - unrevealed until its season something God alone can see.
Living in this time of a worldwide pandemic has caused many of us to ponder what it means to have faith? It’s extremely helpful to name a truth that each of us is experiencing ‘grief’ as our life has changed. Likewise the world is mourning together that life has changed as we once lived. More now than ever it’s helpful to ask how our faith can provide us hope in these uncertain times.
Richard Rohr expressed last month how the world is living in a liminal time: “When we find ourselves in liminal space, does it matter whether we are pushed or whether we jump? Either way, we are not where or what we were before, nor do we know how or where we will land in our new reality. “
The concept of liminal time was developed by a Scottish anthropologist named Victor Turner in the mid to late 20th century. His work explored the importance of rituals in the social processes of different cultures and he spent a great deal of time with the Ndembu people of what is today Zambia.
His original thinking about ritual grew out of his interaction with the Ndembu, although he later expanded his ideas of ritual process to other indigenous cultures, modern and ancient, and to western industrialized culture as well.
Turner said that liminal time is that time “betwixt and between”—a time that is fraught with danger, but also rich with opportunities.
Join us for the next six weeks as we explore how FAITH and HOPE can help us as we journey with many uncertainties and many new possibilities.
Children’s Program… Whole People of God for nursery age to teens weekly Sunday mornings. Children join us for 10:00 am worship and then head to their program at 10:15 am with our Children & Youth Program Co-ordinator, Wendelin Galatianos and her team.