Being a people of hope

Becoming the hope that you are meant to be

Holy Trinity Church Huddersfield, Sunday 21st June 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield, floodlit in 2019 to celebrate 200 years as a church.

Vicar Mike stood in an empty church building was the first image of this week’s virtual service. By empty I mean really empty. No seats in the chancel and even the brass eagle lectern was moved back. To make it more empty, from that camera angle, you’d have to take up the carpet.

The building had been prepared for private prayer, at times advertised on the church website, and I had seen pictures on social media of the seats, they are there if you point the camera in the right direction.

During the service was a delightfully simple version of Cornerstone, just two voices and piano accompaniment. Beautiful.

This was another installment in the sermon series “Stand.” Licensed lay minister Bev was preaching a sermon that went a quite a speed so that keeping up taking notes was difficult. I know I can watch it again, but in my reports of these lockdown services I am not trying to preach the sermon again, but trying to give an impression of being there. The sermon went something like this, to the best of my notes and my memory.

How many time you say hope? “I hope the weather will be good.” “I hope the pubs will open again soon.” Things like that.

What does it mean to be people of hope. I know where there is hope, where there is solid ground, and he is Jesus. This hope is a confident expectation of what God has promised. This was the passage it was based on:

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
    no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
    despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
    and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33

Hope is ardent, passionate and enthusiastic. Patience is required and that starts with practising hope. There ate three ways of practising hopeL

Know yourself

We are children of God, we are royal! Gods love is never failing, we cab have confidence that when we ask for anything in his name he hears us. The Holy Spirit in us to guide – we are kids of the king.

Nourish yourself

It is said in the Bible that we must walk by faith and not by sight.When we walk by sight we forget who is in charge. Weariness can become burnout and we forget who we are. Things might look hopeless but God is for us.

If we ponder on Gods promises and talk together, when we pray to God and when we praise. We live in hope because Jesus is our hope

Give of yourself

We have to do hope. We have t be hope to other people, be a person for who God’s future affects our presence. The kingdom of God is already happening. We know this hope because God’s hope is living in us, in all things, in our singing, music, poetry and politics.

Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, is involved in a project to bring meals to needy schoolchildren originally in Greater Manchester but rolled out to the rest of the country. They have raised £20 million for meals by 11th June 3 million children have been reached. On the 15th June he sent a letter to the Government, and on the following day the Government changed their policy, meals will continue to be provided to children from deprived areas.

Marcus is a Christian brought up in poor estate in Wythenshawe, Manchester and is out there modelling hope, showing the concern that Jesus has for those on the margins.

The Holy Spirit is our encourager.

You can know that hope, let Jesus into your life. You can contact the church or the Vicar. Details on the church website. Or you could attend the church online Alpha course and learn there, there is still time to register,

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