Pastor’s Word

Sunday doesn’t look good. No, I am not talking about my sermon, but the weather. Given that it looks like snow is on the way, I want to remind you about our process communicating modified or cancelled services. Here’s how we do it:

  • We make a decision by 6:30 AM on Sunday morning and send out an email. In it we’ll communicate which services if any we are holding. If you aren’t subscribed to our email list, you can do so here.
  • We submit cancellation notices with CBS (Ch. 4) and Ch. 7. These will scroll across their screens so you can check there.
  • We’ll also post in social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and on the website.


So on Sunday morning check your email before you jump in the shower to get ready for church. You might get to stay in your PJs a little longer, but I hope not. And a gentle reminder, if we do have to cancel that doesn’t mean the church’s bills go away so plan to catch up on your offering the following week! or try out online giving.

Now for a spiritual thought. One truth that flows directly from our study of Mark 6 last week is that faith doesn’t always make sense. It doesn’t make any sense to try to feed 5000 with only the ingredients of a meal designed for 1, but with Jesus it works. There are times when faith challenges us to do what doesn’t make sense: to forgive someone who doesn’t deserve to be forgiven, to engage when it seems better to withdraw, to hang in there when it appears wiser to cut your losses and move on, to go when its more comfortable to stay, to rejoice when you feel like crying, to hope when you feel hopeless, and to believe when everything says doubt. But with Jesus it works out.  The key is knowing God is in it. And that takes staying current in our relationship with God. Faith won’t always make sense, but being faithful is always the best, because God is always faithful!






Hope Chapel

35 Chocksett Rd

Sterling, MA 01564