Embracing Hope in Anxious Times

Order of Service

00:00 Welcome​: Kathy Warne
01:34 Lighting The Chalice: ​Rev. Brian Ferguson
02:56 Time For All Ages: ​Rev. Brian Ferguson
05:11 Recognition Of Derby Davidson: ​Lillian Svec, Rachel Taylor, and Chris Stovall
12:55 Offering And Offertory​: Kathy Warne
15:56 Meditation​: Rev. Brian Ferguson
18:57 Reflection: ​Kathy Warne
22:20 Reflection: ​“​Embracing Hope in Anxious Times” Rev. Brian Ferguson
41:42 Extinguishing The Flame: Rev. Brian Ferguson
42:04 Closing Words:​ Rev. Brian Ferguson

Religion can be thought of as having two main purposes: giving hope in hard times and finding meaning in suffering. Perhaps overly simplistic but there feels like some truth there. We seem to be living in anxious times with the COVID-19 pandemic, fear of climate catastrophe, increasing political and social polarization of our country, and growing distrust of our institutions. Does it even make sense to be hopeful in these times or is it just a naïve denial of reality? This worship service will explore where the possibilities of hope may be at this time and how our anxiety itself may be a source of hope. Worship Associate: Kathy Warne.