Worship is a Response

In a general way, worship is a response of the creature to the Creator.


More specifically, Christian worship is the response of the creature to the Creator as he has revealed himself in Jesus Christ and makes himself known through the Holy Spirit.


Worship happens when God comes to us with his free gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation delivered to us through the Means of Grace, and, in response to those amazing gifts, we praise him, give thanks to him, serve him, and devote our lives to glorifying him in all we think, say, and do.


Worship is very important to us here at Hope. It’s a time where we can gather together as followers of Jesus and come into contact with our God, who loves us and forgives us. 


We'd love for you to join us for worship on Sundays @ 8:30am & 10:30am.


Advent Services will be December 1, 8 & 15 @ 7pm

Christmas Eve Services will be December 24 @ 5pm & 7pm


Advent-A Season Anticipation

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”– Galatians 4:4-5

 

The Advent wreath is one of those signs of the season that I love.  Each week the anticipation builds as we light one candle each week until Christmas Eve when we light that big, middle candle, the Christ candle, in celebration of Christ’s first Advent, his first coming to us at Christmas.  The Advent wreath serves as a kind of object lesson of Paul’s words from Galatians 4 above.  As each candle is lit, we can imagine time growing increasingly full until our Savior and Redeemer is born. 

 

The Advent wreath also serves as a reminder to us that we ought to slow down during this busy time of year, and, like Mary, ponder in our hearts what it means that God has come to dwell among us.  Consider that for a second.  God, in his love, sent Jesus to be born like one of us, to live like one of us, to suffer like one of us, and to die like one of us…and yet, to do it all without sin (Hebrews 4:15).  But most amazing of all, Jesus rose from the dead so that, like him, we might live for all eternity. 

 

During this beautiful season, Hope is providing two opportunities for you to slow down, reflect, and      meditate on the Advent of our King.  First, on Wednesday evenings starting December 1st, you are invited to join us for a soup supper at 6pm and worship at 7pm.  This year we will be following a new order of worship called “Holden Evening     Prayer” in addition to walking through a sermon series called, “When Heaven Met Earth: Advent Answers to Tough Questions.”

 

Then, on Sunday mornings beginning December 5th, we will be diving in to a sermon, Bible Study, and devotional series called “Symbols of Salvation: Foretelling Christ’s Birth.”  Through this   series, we will focus on three Old Testament narratives that serve as symbols of Jesus’ coming to share in our humanity: the burning bush, the cloud in the tabernacle, and the call of Gideon.  We will cap things of on Christmas Eve at 5pm and 7pm as we focus on how the narrative of Jesus’ birth is real, not a fairy tale, and how all Scripture finds it’s fulfillment in him.

 

This time of year can be busy and overwhelming and in the midst of the busyness, the peaceful anticipation of Advent can get buried.  So take some time this year to join us in worship, on Wednesdays, Sundays, or both, as we, together, light those Advent candles and joyful anticipation of the birth of our Savior!

 

Your Brother in Christ,

Pastor James


God's Word in Worship

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." 

- 2 Timothy 3:16


God's Word is one of the ways God delivers is grace and mercy and love to us.


All the words we have in the Bible are the words of God himself as he worked through prophets, evangelists, and the apostles over the centuries to communicate to us about himself and how he has worked through history make us his own. 


Everything we do in worship at Hope is based on, and drawn from, the Scriptures. From the prayers we pray to the songs we sing, especially in the messages we hear, everything is based on what we find in the Scriptures.


If you have questions about how and why we use the Scriptures in our worship services, please contact our Pastor by emailing him at pastor@hope-brevard.org and he will answer them!

Baptsim

“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” 

- Romans 6:4


Baptism is another one of the ways God delivers his grace and mercy and love.


In baptism, the stain of sin that we inherited from our Adam and Eve is washed away and we are clothed with the righteousness of Jesus.  


When we baptize people at Hope, we believe we are fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20) where he commands us to make disciples of all nations and to baptize.  


Baptisms traditionally take place during one of the worship services at Hope, but accommodations can be made for private baptisms if necessary.  


If you have any questions about what Baptism is, what it does, what it means, or why we do it, please feel free to contact our Pastor by emailing him at pastor@hope-brevard.org

The Lord's Supper

"For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, 'This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.'" 

- 1 Corinthians 11:23-25


The Lord's Supper is another way that God delivers his grace and mercy and love and we celebrate it at each of our Sunday services.


When we celebrate the Lord's Supper, we believe in the real presence of Jesus in, with, and under, the bread and the wine.


This means that we believe that because Jesus promises to be present in his supper, he is really, truly there.


When we say that Jesus is in the bread and the wine, we are reminded that where the bread and wine is found in the Lord's Supper, the body and blood of Jesus are there also.


When we say that Jesus is with the bread and the wine, we are reminded that with the bread and the wine, we receive the body and blood of Jesus.


When we say that Jesus is under the bread and the wine, we are reminded that the body and blood of Jesus are hidden but still present under the bread and the wine, since the bread and the wine still exist.


If you have questions about the Lord's Supper, what it is, what it does, and why we celebrate it, or if you are planning on worshiping with us soon, please contact our Pastor by emailing him at pastor@hope-brevard.org