Sharing today is...
John Pickett here he shares with us his views on current events, and what he would like to see at Metro Hope Church in 2018. See his comments below.
How would you compare Metro Hope to other churches you’ve attended?
Metro is a church where you can ask questions about your faith and not feel judged. Instead you’ll find yourself in dialogue with others who have their own questions.
Sharing today is...
Wendy Hu-Au who lives in Harlem NY and currently serves as our associate pastor. Here she shares with us her views on why she joined Metro Hope Church, current events, and what Christ means to her. See her comments below
Why did you join Metro Hope Church?
When I first moved to New York, I felt very displaced. I found home in the people at Metro. I remember at my first potluck, meeting people who were friendly and liked to laugh and joke about how their dish was the best. At my first Cash Mob I was inspired by the ways people in this church engage the local economy. Then, a few Sundays, when I felt especially lonely, people at Metro prayed for me and lifted me out of my despair.
By: Pastor José Humphreys
We're doing a series on the parables at our church. Three things came out for me in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus didn't want to get caught up in people's selectivity about neighbor but attached a movement-oriented qualifier to the concept of neighbor.
If the gospels were a silent film how would the gospel speak in a world that places such a premium on words? Jesus placed a primacy on action when it comes to how we see and become a neighbor.
Neighbor=Noun...People next door? People in our people group
Neighboring=Adjective; the neighboring building; speaks to proximity but doesn't necessarily mean engagement. The teacher of the law and the Pharisees were in proximity to a body and walked by.
Neighboring=Verb. Are we neighboring? Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon use this word as a verb in their book "The Art of Neighboring." How are we neighboring beyond the labels and the preexisting conditions we can place on our compassion for those who are beaten down?
On Sunday we had a powerful service, the Spirit took a hold of us. Our time of singing and celebration was Spirit-filled. We didn't bother to pass the peace, but I jumped into a short version of my sermon (see below). The title was: Wonderfully Made. We are living in stressful and uncertain times. With each new headline, with each divisive and discouraging report, our souls and our bodies can grow weary. These words are literally spoken over us, taking on "flesh", and creating daily realities of hopelessness, depression and trauma. When God speaks, God speaks a word through our bodies, reminding us that we are fearfully made, knit together in our mothers wombs. Our presence in the world tells us a story: We don't have to be trapped in our trauma, or even trapped in the story of race. But our bodies communicate a story of the image of God in the world. A powerful presence that gets to join God in telling the story of a whole gospel. God creates us in all of our differences to the world back to our wonderful Creator.