This Sunday is the Sixth Sunday of Easter. While every Sunday is a celebration of The Resurrection, the liturgical season of “Easter” ends in a couple of weeks with the beginning of the liturgical season of “Pentecost.” Having gone through the seasons (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent and Easter), reflecting the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we will now enter the season of Pentecost. Pentecost is a long season of renewed and deepened discipleship as followers of Christ. However, it is also a season of “Offering Hope” to others as part of our discipleship.
At Covenant, our vision statement is “We are an inclusive community of faith – Offering Hope + Showing Faithfulness + Sharing Joy.” It all starts with “Offering Hope”. So near the end of the Easter Season, and in this era of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the assigned sacred text for this Sunday help us know the importance of “Offering Hope” and they give much needed advice knowing how to actualize “Offering Hope in These Troubled Times.”
In one of the assigned text, I Peter 3:15-16, we are instructed to, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who ask you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, …” It has been said that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. That is true; but it is also true that one of the most needed things during troubled times such as we are currently experiencing is “Offering Hope.”
Join us at 11:30 AM in worship at Covenant this Sunday by “Zoom” or “live stream” on our Facebook page. In my sermon titled “Offering Hope in These Troubled Times,” I will be sharing a 3-point plan for doing this based on Acts 17:21-28, I Peter 3:14-17, and John 14:15-21.