Good morning, Hope!
The Spirit was so strong last weekend! It's just another reminder that what happens in God's house during worship is a can't-miss-must-see kind of experience ... and when you miss it, even for one weekend, you miss a lot.
I know that might seem like an exaggerated, over-the-top way to describe weekly worship in a church. I also know skeptics and cynics might suggest I'm over-hyping church in a rather self-serving (for Hope's purposes) sort of way. But I don't lose any sleep over what skeptics and cynics might say. I'm way more interested in what God says, and what's ultimately best for anyone interested in finding a full and abundant life (
). Plus, in truth, if anything I'm under-selling what God has been doing at Hope over the past few months ... because
words can't adequately capture the work of the Holy Spirit
Waves of revival
are showing up everywhere we look! Stories of miraculous
at Hope are trending up. I heard this past week of someone flying to Hope from Florida to meet with our
, because she heard about what God is doing here. Over 500 8
confirmed their faith
at Hope last Sunday ... quite likely the largest Lutheran youth confirmation class in the world.
High school students
led the musical portion of worship last weekend ... and the Spirit just about blew the roof off the building! We set a new weekend
worship attendance record
last weekend for non-holiday services (over 15,000 people).
- a weekly gathering of
on Thursdays at 8:00 pm - is blossoming. Agnostics are coming to faith at
. Hundreds showed up for
last night, where stories of radical life-change are normative. We just sent a volunteer
mission team to Haiti
. Hope has
26 mission trips
to locations all over the world in 2018. Every day, Hope folks serve the hurting and the broken through our
local mission partners
right here in Des Moines.
Vacation Bible School
is right around the corner. I could go on, but I think you get the idea ...
God is on the move! Come and see for yourself ...
we'll celebrate God's gift of motherhood at all of our services. Mother's Day started in this country when Anna Jarvis honored all moms everywhere, including her own, by handing out white carnations for every woman at her church on a Sunday morning in 1908. 110 years later, we'll do the same thing at Hope, celebrating Mother's Day in the manner intended by the founder - together with our church family during worship, with white carnations for every woman
Catch the Spirit of Hope!