Hope can be in short supply when you are wandering in the desert not knowing if or when you will arrive at your destination; when you are a woman shunned by your community; when your community is not listening to God’s voice. But hope takes many forms-water in the desert, living water at a well, encountering a person who changes your life, knowing a God who has created everything and loves all that has been created.
Jesus tells a parable about judging the nations as a shepherd who separates sheep from goats, rejecting those who have failed to serve and love their neighbors, but embracing and welcoming those who have.
God of Hope, fill us now. We need love, and we need peace, and we need mercy, but most of all, we need hope. We need hope to take one more step, to sing one more note, to listen to one more word. We need hope that guides our faith forward. We need hope that all that has come before us has not been in vain. Restore our hope, O God, in one another. Restore our hope, O God, that this, too, will come to pass. May we become living hope to those in need around us. You are the source of our strength and our being, and in You, we know that You will see us through. Amen.
Music: Women’s Choir & Women of Fusion
Readers: Carol Wixson, Terry Schumacher, Rose Hoeppner
Children’s Moment: Amy Thorpe
Guest Speaker: Rev. Fabiola Grandon-Mayer
Greeters: Jackie Anderson, Connie Bryant, Carol Reiman