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Hurricane Relief Efforts from the Diocese of Christ our Hope

August 28th, 2017 by Betsy Coopersmith Posted in News
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From Bishop Steve and the Staff of the Diocese of Christ our Hope:

URGENT: Please read the following message from the Anglican Church in North America. Please be in constant prayer for the people of Houston and South Texas, and please consider participating personally in providing relief funds through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund. In addition, we urge all of you who direct your church’s mission and benevolence funds to consider giving as a whole parish to the ARDF / ACNA flood relief efforts.

As we all know, this need is urgent and immediate. Please help our brothers and sisters who are on the front lines of this enormous crisis.

Standing on the mercies of our God,

Your DCH Bishops and Staff

 

Hurricane Harvey has already displaced thousands in south Texas and Louisiana, and the rains and flooding are expected to continue throughout the week to come.  Meteorologists are warning that while the winds have now died down, the greater danger could come from the continual rain that the region will receive.

Bishop Clark Lowenfield and The Anglican Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast are based in Houston, Texas and will be coordinating the relief effort among Anglicans in the region.  Bishop Lowenfield, who was forced to evacuate his home yesterday, said, “Thank you to all those who have been offering their prayers and expressing their concern to us. The impact of Harvey is already evident, and we are being told to expect days more of rain and ‘catastrophic flooding’. In the Houston area in particular, the devastation will take months if not years of recovery. Your gift to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund will mean that individuals in some of the most hard-hit areas will be able to put their lives back together once this is all over. Above all, I implore you to pray with us in this storm. As Psalm 29:10-11 tells us, ‘The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!'”

Archbishop Beach is calling the Church to pray, give, and prepare: “Now is an important time for the Church to step forward. First and foremost, please join me in praying for the people of south Texas and Louisiana. Please pray for all those in distress, those who are being called to extraordinary acts of courage, and those who are obediently engaging in small acts of faithfulness.

Second, please consider giving so that Christians in the area will have the resources they need to show their communities the love of Christ in tangible ways.  We cannot anticipate today all that will need to be done in the days ahead, but we are blessed to have churches in the region who can be the hands and feet of Christ.

Third, whether you are in Texas, Louisiana, or in the states surrounding the region, please be preparing to serve.  As the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast prioritizes the needs, you will be hearing more about how you and your congregation can serve through volunteer work teams.”

You can help by donating through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund here.

Story is here: http://anglicanchurch.net/?/main/page/1508

A letter from Bishop Steve on Charlottesville

August 28th, 2017 by Betsy Coopersmith Posted in Uncategorized
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Bishop Steve Breedlove addresses churches in the Diocese of Christ our Hope post-Charlottesville. Read his letter here.

Sermon: The Gift and Calling of Celibacy

August 21st, 2017 by Betsy Coopersmith Posted in Sermons

On August 20, 2017, Jeff Bailey preached a sermon entitled “The Gift and Calling of Celibacy  from Luke 20:34-36. You may listen or download it here.

Opening Reflection from Sunday August 13, 2017

August 14th, 2017 by Betsy Coopersmith Posted in Uncategorized
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Read Matthew Wilcoxen’s opening reflection from Sunday August 13, 2017.

Sermon: Divorce and Remarriage

August 14th, 2017 by Betsy Coopersmith Posted in Sermons
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On August 13, 2017, Shawn Honey preached a sermon entitled “Divorce and Remarriage”. You may listen or download it here.

Sermon: Dating-Following the Lord

August 7th, 2017 by Hrvoje Budimir Posted in Sermons
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On August 6, 2017, Dan Claire preached a sermon entitled “Dating: Following the Lord  from Genesis 24:1-27, 61. You may listen or download it here.

Sermon: Marriage in the End

July 31st, 2017 by Hrvoje Budimir Posted in Sermons
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On July 30, 2017, Dan Claire preached a sermon entitled “Marriage in the End  from Ephesians 5:22-33. You may listen or download it here.

Sermon: Marriage in the Beginning

July 24th, 2017 by Hrvoje Budimir Posted in Sermons
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On July 23, 2017, Shawn Honey preached a sermon entitled “Marriage in the Beginning”  from Genesis 2:18-25. You may listen or download it here.

Sermon: SSA: Sacrament, Suffering, Assistance

July 17th, 2017 by Hrvoje Budimir Posted in Sermons
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On July 17, 2017, Matt Wilcoxen preached a sermon entitled “SSA: Sacrament, Sacrifice, Assistance  from Romans 1:18-32. You may read the sermon here or listen or download it here (poor sound quality and incomplete recording).