Growing with Jesus: Intentionality

July 8, 2015

Growing with Jesus: Intentionality

This summer, how are you getting to know Jesus? What intentional steps will you take? What is your plan for developing your relationship with Him over the longer term? How will you be transformed and trained for His kingdom purposes through knowing, following and serving Him? How will your relationship with Him grow deeper? How will you invite the Holy Spirit’s power into your life? How will you transform the world through serving Jesus, bringing His kingdom in a greater way to people, places and problems of our broken world? What aspect of kingdom life needs to increase in your life … what training is needed?

Growth in your relationship with Jesus will not happen without intentionality. Jesus is waiting for your fellowship. What steps will you take? Who will be your partner, talking with you about the kingdom life, being in the Word with you and hold you accountable, gently asking you from time to time about your life with Jesus? Here are some questions for your consideration:

  • How will you increase the role of the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures in your life? What steps will you take?
  • How will you increase your prayer life … conversation with the living God … talking and listening? What other intentional practices are needed for the purpose of transforming who you are according to Jesus’ standards and ways?
  • How can the rule and reign of Jesus be increased in your life? What needs to happen?
  • What perks your interest on the “Equipping Tracks” (Click here for an outline with this title developed by Lutheran pastor, Rev. Peter Churness for his church, One Hope Church.)? Note: If you are not in the Holy Scriptures on an almost daily basis or don’t regularly pray about all aspects of your life, focus on these priorities first! If you choose something from the “Equipping Tracks,” make sure to partner with someone else who will challenge you to grow and gently hold you accountable for intentional steps you desire to incorporate into your life.
  • Are you interested in any of the following? Let the pastors know of your interest.
  1. Training: Anointing with Oil and Praying for People
  2. Discerning Your Kingdom Call for this season in your life

 

Take some time to pray, reflect and think about these questions. Intentionality is needed or nothing will happen and you will swept away into lesser things by the busyness of life. To help in exploring, reflecting and praying about these questions, read this article on our website by clicking here.

2015 NALC & LCMC National Gatherings in Dallas: Volunteer!

May 28, 2015

In 2015, both the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) will hold their national gatherings in the Dallas area during August and October. These events are excellent training events.

Volunteers will be needed for both events. Hope Lutheran has already appointed a volunteer coordinator, Pat Foster.

The NALC meetings will be held at the DFW Airport Hyatt Hotel. The meeting will begin on August 13, preceded by a mission event on August 12 and a pan-Lutheran theological conference (Benne-Braaten lectures), beginning on August 11. The theme will be: “Martyr: Life Giving Witness” (Acts 26:16-18). For more info, click here.

The LCMC national gathering will held in the Frisco area, and will be October 4-7. The gathering will celebrate LCMC’s identity with the theme: “Our DNA.” For more info, click here.

 

 

 

North American Lutheran Church News

May 28, 2015

Hope Lutheran Church is proud to part of both the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). The latest edition of the NALC News can be found by clicking here.

Prayer Opportunities!

May 28, 2015

In a recent Sunday gospel, Jesus said: “I am the true vine. You are the branches. Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” John 15:1, 4-5;
We want to be a church (gathering of believers who trust Jesus in all) that is well known for its powerful prayer. In history, significant seasons of prayer accompanied by a significant return to being regularly (almost daily) in the Word of God in Scripture and repentance oftentimes precede growth or renewal. Prayer is evidence of faith and trust in Jesus in a person’s life. Christianity is having an alive relationship with Jesus; prayer is the conversation.
We are grateful to all those who participate in our Hope prayer chain (led by Kathy Longstreet now for several years), “praying” earnestly to our living God, Father Son and Holy Spirit on behalf of others. Sign up on the Hope website (www.hopelutheran.net) if you are not a part of the Hope prayer chain.
Here are some other prayer opportunities. All are welcome to any of these opportunities:
Friday evenings, 10 to midnight at Hope, weekly: A group of about ten people from several churches gather for prayer as led by Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Tuesday mornings, 8 am, Cedar Hill Transformation Prayer network: We pray for businesses, schools, and civic entities (police, fire, government, economic development leadership) in Cedar Hill. Pastor Edsel sends out a weekly text on location. Anyone is welcome.
Thursdays, noon, North American Lutheran Church Prayer network (conference call): I will give you the call in info if you desire to participate. We pray for the North American Lutheran Church, its leaders, relationships, missionaries and individual needs around the world.
First Thursday, 7:30AM, every other month, Cedar Hill Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast (February, April, June, August, October, December), Cedar Hill Recreation Center: Under Mayor Rob Franke’s leadership, various people lead in prayer for the Cedar Hill community.

House Church Planting!

April 30, 2015

Hopefully soon, Hope Lutheran Church is looking to plant two or more house churches in the surrounding communities.

On March 27 and March 28, we hosted Lutheran pastors, Rev. Tom Hilpert and Rev. Peter Churness to train our house church leaders. These Lutheran pastors are the leaders of a non-profit teaching ministry, Life Together Churches that has been overseeing, training and developing house churches for over 25 years. They will also provide ongoing coaching. We have received a grant from the North American Lutheran Church to assist with training and start-up costs. The training event was a rich time of learning, fellowship and worship.

The house churches are going to be led by current members of Hope Lutheran who have a desire to regularly and intentionally worship and grow in Jesus in a house church setting. Each of these leaders has expressed excitement around gathering people in a house church setting who currently are not connected or marginally connected with a church gathering. Following the training event, they are currently praying about the timing of when they will start, and also who they will invite.

Last November, several people from Hope attended the Mission and House Church Planting Conference led by North American Lutheran Church Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba. The North American Lutheran Church is raising a vision for the planting of house churches. The North American Lutheran Church is hoping to partner in an ongoing way with Life Together Churches, a ministry dedicated to supporting and resourcing house churches. Life Together Churches works closely with both Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). Both NALC and LCMC are advocating the planting of churches, including house churches.

New Youth Minister!

April 30, 2015

Hope Lutheran Church has a new youth minister! His name is Dylan Hernandez!  Hope Church and Good Shepherd Church (next door) are sharing him!  Most of the time, he is meeting with our youth and children on Sunday evenings! Any adult or child is welcome of all ages are welcome on Sunday evenings to meet Dylan.

Pentecost Sunday: Confirmation

April 1, 2015

On May 24 as we celebrate the pouring out of the Holy Spirit during the Jewish festival of Pentecost nearly 2000 years ago, we will pray for the powerful Holy Spirit to be stirred up and poured out upon our confirmation students as they publicly profess their trust in Jesus and desire to follow Him for the rest of their lives.

A reception for the confirmation students, family and friends will follow!

North Texas Senior Fest: Rescheduled May 9

March 26, 2015

Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)
Eighth Annual North Texas Senior Fest – Rescheduled May 9
Messiah Lutheran Church
1801 West Plano Parkway
Plano, Texas

The North Texas ALOA Senior Fest, originally scheduled for February 28 and cancelled because of inclement weather has been rescheduled for May 9.

This year’s primary speaker was rescheduled for this new date: Dr. Mark Allen Powell, professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio.

His theme will be “Retirement as Vocation” as he discusses what the Bible says about aging.

Hopefully, the six original workshops will be offered:
1. “De-clutter to Downsize Your Home and Life” – Lorraine Brock, a favorite among last year’s presenters, will share ideas geared to seniors who wish to “downsize their lives.”
2. “How Not To Fall” – Stephanie Calabrese, a Registered Physical Therapist, will share fun tips and guidance on how to maintain your balance in life.
3. “Surviving the Death of a Loved One” – Darrel Gilbertson, retired Lutheran pastor and author, will share his journey of loss and hope during the past year following his wife’s death.
4. “Live Long and Prosper!” – Gerry Hughes is a Wealth Advisor and Certified Financial Planner with Thrivent Financial. He will discuss strategies for financial security and strength in the later years of life.
5. “Drawing Your Way to Spiritual Health” – Susan Thillen will show how you can doodle your way to better mental and spiritual health and improve your “hearing” skills through Zentangles.
6. “No Money Required” – Laura Wolfe is volunteer coordinator for the North Central Texas
Area Agency on Aging. She will provide an overview of the resources and services that are available free of charge to persons age 60 and older through the network of Area Agencies on Aging.

There is much to look forward to in next year’s Senior Fest. Add this date to next year’s calendar and plan to join us!

Holy Week Services & Events

March 26, 2015

March 29, 10AM: Palm Sunday Festival Worship at Hope Lutheran Church

April 2, 7 PM: Maundy Thursday: Service of Healing & Holy Communion in remembrance of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples

April 3, 7 PM: Good Friday Worship: First United Methodist Church, Cedar Hill (128 N Roberts Rd, Cedar Hill, TX 75104)

April 4, 8AM-6PM: Easter Prayer Vigil at Hope Lutheran Church; Sign up to pray!

April 4, 11AM: Holy Saturday Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Church on the Hill @ Virginia Weaver Park

April 5, Easter Sunday Celebration

  • 7AM: Community Sunrise Service at First Baptist, Cedar Hill, TX (602 W Belt Line Rd, Cedar Hill, TX 75104)
  • Pancake Breakfast (following sunrise worship), First Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, TX
  • 9AM: Easter Breakfast at Hope Lutheran Church
  • 10AM: Festival Worship at Hope Lutheran Church

Asante Children’s Choir Blesses Us!

January 30, 2015

The joy of the Lord filled our sanctuary on January 25 as the Asante Children’s Choir worshipped with us and blessed us with their singing and dancing.

Click here to see and hear what we did!

This particular choir was made up entirely of orphans and children rescued from the streets. Hope shared with worship with Thanksgiving Tabernacle and Rock of Faith Family Church. Many of our members signed up to sponsor children on an ongoing basis. Jesus was present with us.

“Asante” is a Swahili word translated “Thank You” in English.

The 22 person choir is dedicated to spreading love, hope and joy while raising awareness for the desperate plight of orphans and other vulnerable children. The children who have been rescued from some of life’s most difficult circumstances take pride in expressing gratitude through their music.

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