Hope Central Church

Hope Central's Sunday Morning Service

This weekend Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett will be preaching in the Church Yard! Join in person or on Zoom.

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August 1st, 2021 - Tenth Sunday of Pentecost

Our 10:30AM Sunday Worship Service will be on Zoom One & in the Church Yard this week. Email the Church Office at office@hopecentralchurch.org to join our Zoom email list. Find out more about accessing our weekly services and listen to past sermons on our Worship Page.

Hymn -

Scripture - Psalm 51:1-12 & 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13


Psalm 51:1-12

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.


Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion

blot out my transgressions.


Wash away all my iniquity

and cleanse me from my sin.


For I know my transgressions,

and my sin is always before me.


Against you, you only, have I sinned

and done what is evil in your sight;

so you are right in your verdict

and justified when you judge.


Surely I was sinful at birth,

sinful from the time my mother conceived me.


Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;

you taught me wisdom in that secret place.


Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.


Let me hear joy and gladness;

let the bones you have crushed rejoice.


Hide your face from my sins

and blot out all my iniquity.


Create in me a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.


Do not cast me from your presence

or take your Holy Spirit from me.


Restore to me the joy of your salvation

and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13

When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased God.


Nathan Rebukes David

God sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.


“Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”


David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as God lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”


Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’


“This is what God says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylightbefore all Israel.’”


Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against God.”

Nathan replied, “God has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.

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Reparations Work at Hope Central


Dear Beloved,


Hope Central has been thinking about reparations for a few years. We have found the practice of reparations in our scripture - the practice of Jubilee (Leviticus 25), the caring and releasing those in bondage (Luke 4:18-18), and in our vows to care for one another (Isaiah 61:1-2, Psalm 147:3 and I Corinthians 12).

To read more about what we are currently implementing and imagining for the future, click here.

Love,

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett, Senior Pastor

All are welcome.

Hope Central Church is a dynamic, spirited, progressive, inclusive Christian faith community seeking justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God (Micah 6:8).