Hope Central Church

Hope Central's Sunday Morning Service

This weekend Rev. James D. Ross II will be preaching in the Church Yard! The Rev. James D. Ross II serves as Minister for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ.

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Bring communion for yourself, a comfy chair, and wear a mask if gathering in the Church Yard.

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July 25th, 2021 - Ninth 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 - Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ

Let us talents and tongues employ,

reaching out with a shout of joy:

bread is broken, the wine is poured,

Christ is spoken and seen and heard.


Jesus lives again; earth can breathe again.

Pass the Word around: loaves abound!

Jesus lives again; earth can breathe again.

Pass the Word around: loaves abound!

Christ is able to make us one,

at his table he set the tone,

teaching people to live to bless,

love in word and in deed express.


Jesus calls us in, sends us out

bearing fruit in a world of doubt,

gives us love to tell, bread to share:

God (Immanuel) everywhere!


Scripture - 2 Kings 4:42-44 & John 6:1-21

2 Kings 4:42-44

Feeding of a Hundred

A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. “Give it to the people to eat,” Elisha said.

“How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked.

But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what God says: ‘They will eat and have some left over.’” Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of God.

John 6:1-21

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near.

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

Jesus Walks on the Water

When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

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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.


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).