text : Psalm 127:1-2; Romans 8:35-39
theme verse : “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, willbe able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:38-39)
What is your brightest hope for the future? Rebecca Solnit wrote a book called "Hope in the Dark" in which she offers one of the strongest definitions of hope one can hear: “We don’t know what is going to happen, or how, or when and that very uncertainty is the space of hope.” Our special guest, Rev. Kim Gage Ryan, Executive Director of the Bethany Fellows (www.bethanyfellows.org), offers a word about the hope she’s found in congregations, the Fellows, and a promise from the book of Romans.
opening :: 'Scandal of Grace' (HillsongUnited) :: The Rising Band; Isaac Herbert, leader
reader (and intro of preacher) :: Rev Mark Briley
preaching :: Rev Kim Gage Ryan
closing :: 'I Want Jesus To Walk With Me' (spiritual) :: Chancel Choir; Kelly Ford, director