Hope Central Church
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Hope Central Church is a dynamic, spirited, progressive, inclusive Christian faith community seeking justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God (Micah 6:8). We invite you to listen to select sermons from our Senior Pastor, Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett; our Associate Pastor/Sabbatical Senior Pastor, Rev. Courtney Jones; our Sabbatical Associate Pastor, Rev. Benjamin Perkins; and from our community ministers, student ministers, and guest speakers.
||CleanAlready… But Not Yet||December 17, 2017 Rev. Courtney Jones Readings: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 and Luke 1:39-56 This Sunday, we welcome Laura Ruth back from her sabbatical time! I am preaching Mary’s Song, the Magnificat, from Luke 1. The young pregnant woman glorifies a Go||12/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean…And What are You Giving Up for Advent?||December 10, 2017 Rev. Benjamin Perkins Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8 In Mark’s gospel, John the baptizer is in the wilderness proclaiming “baptism and repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” He is preparing the way of Jesus||12/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanApocalypse Now… and Then||December 3, 2017 Rev. Benjamin Perkins Readings: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 and Mark 13:24-37 The word apocalypse conjures up many images, a great deal of them full of horror and suffering, suggesting the end of the world as we know it and the destruction of||12/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReign of Christ||November 26, 2017 Rev. Courtney Jones Readings: Psalm 100 and Matthew 25:31-46 This Sunday is Reign of Christ Sunday, and we end the liturgical year with Jesus’ challenge that whatever we do for “the least among us” we do for Christ Him||11/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNotes on Stewardship from Hell||November 19, 2017 Rev. Benjamin Perkins Readings: Psalm 123 and Matthew 25:14-30 The Parable of the Talents, found in Matthew 25:14-30 is, without a doubt, a difficult read! On the face of it, it appears to be a story about gifts and how we use them||11/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLet Justice Roll Down Like Water||November 12, 2017 Rev. Courtney Jones Readings: Amos 5:18-24 and Matthew 25:1-13 This year, we are marking the Trans Day of Remembrance a little early. In a week in which multiple trans- and gender-nonconforming-folks were elected to office around the c||11/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChurch of the Poisoned Mind||November 5, 2017 Rev. Benjamin Perkins Readings: Psalm 43 and Matthew 23:1-12 A straightforward reading of this week’s gospel reading (Matthew 23:1-12) would lead us to believe that Jesus is only calling out religious leaders for their hypocrisy. W||11/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalloween and “Bloody” Sunday||October 29, 2017 Rev. Courtney Jones Readings: Romans 5 and John 6:53-58 This Sunday, we are marking Halloween a few days early! Last year, Nina preached on zombies–this year, we’re going more with…vampires? Before the days of Pride, H||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHeaven is a Place on Earth?||October 22, 2017 Rev. Benjamin Perkins Readings: Acts 2:42-47 and Matthew 22:15-22 God’s kingdom or realm isn’t an abstraction, it’s a reality. However, that reality is dependent upon us to do our part–in other words, we play a v||10/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInvestment and Divestment||October 15, 2017 Rev. Courtney Jones Readings: Psalm 23 and Matthew 22:1-14 I will be preaching from Matthew 22:1-14, in which Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a king’s wedding feast. In the parable, people have strange reactions to the invi||10/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlessing of the Animals and the Feast of St. Francis||October 8, 2017 Rev. Courtney Jones Readings: Psalm 19 and Matthew 21:33-46 I’ll be preaching on St. Francis’s ministry of generosity as we kick off our stewardship season. His turn from an insulated life of wealth to a life based in relation||10/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|