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Meditation

Uh oh, there I had an interesting conversation today. A Hindu friend asked if I meditate. We have talked about various “religious” things before. For instance, she’s very impressed that I read my holy scriptures and even meet with others to study them. She doesn’t do that, though she has always been meaning to. When she asked if I meditate, a few red flags were raised. The first flag is the topic of Christian meditation: do I even know what that means? Another flag is the difference between Christian meditation and eastern meditation. I thank the Holy Spirit for navigating me through the conversation: both flags were addressed. When I meditate, I consider God, who He is, His nature and being, what He has done in the world, what He has done in my life, what He has done in the lives of those around me, His works past, present and even future, what God prefers and decrees, and what He has said. I consider, contemplate, focus my mind on. She was surprised that I think so much in my mediation. She talked about chakra meditation which she said improves the functioning of “energy centers” in our body. I explained that when I meditate, I am more interested in focusing on God than improving my personal well-being. I think that gave her food for thought. Humorously, she was also surprised that I meditate on the bus. She needs total silence when meditating, but I explained that when I meditate, it’s a lot like working on a puzzle: I consider all the factors and turn them around. If the puzzle...
God Brings Us Out to Bring Us In

God Brings Us Out to Bring Us In

Join us for our new sermon series through the book of Exodus. We welcome you to join us as we explore the story of God brining his people out to bring them in!
Service Notice, Sunday, March 1, 2015

Service Notice, Sunday, March 1, 2015

We’re back to our regular schedule for worship at 10 AM, March 1. Snow and ice are in the forecast from mid-morning through the rest of the day. We will make an assessment after the worship service regarding whether we cancel our first Sunday prayer and potluck...

Service Notice, Sunday, March 1, 2015

We’re back to our regular schedule for worship at 10 AM, March 1. Snow and ice are in the forecast from mid-morning through the rest of the day. We will make an assessment after the worship service regarding whether we cancel our first Sunday prayer and potluck...

Children’s Nativity Play – 10 AM, December 14!

Christmas time is here! For us at City of Hope Church that means our children are front and center again for our annual Nativity Play! Our children have been rehearsing for over two months to tell the story of Christmas. Young, old, and everyone in between, come on out and join us at 10 AM on Sunday, December 14, 2014, in the upper level of the Stonehouse Community Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court, Columbia, MD 21045. We’ll enjoy the play, and then share some sweet treats and warm...

A Season of Waiting

In the 25th chapter of his book, the prophet Isaiah says, 8 He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. 9 It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”   The Advent season starts a new year in the Church calendar. The year begins with a “season of waiting.” We are called to wait, empowered by the Spirit of God and his grace, for the promise Isaiah has spoken. This promise is sure and secure because Jesus has come. We invite you to join us this season for the four Sundays of Advent as we Wait in Hope, Wait in Peace, Wait in Joy, and Wait in...

Patience in a Time of Hurry

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, and most of us are going to eat well. All of the major retail stores have let us know that even before our food has fully digested, they’ll be opening so that we can come on in and shop for Christmas gifts. “Come! Come! Come!,” they’re saying. “We have great deals for you, and you can’t afford to wait!” I think that Black Friday begins earlier and earlier every year. Retailers are great at organized creation of dissatisfaction. As consumers we actually begin to delight in the restlessness that’s created. Author William Cavanaough puts it well when he says, “Shopping and not just buying, but shopping for new things becomes a form of pleasure. We continually alight on another thing thinking that it will satisfy us.”This is part of the reason why the Advent season is such a blessing for us. It is the first season of the Christian year, and it doesn’t start with a party. Advent is a “season of waiting,” and this year it begins on Sunday, December 1. While the stores are saying to us, “Come! Come! Come!,” and the stress of this time of year says, “Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!,” the Church in wisdom calls us to “Wait! Wait! Wait!” Waiting is so very difficult for us, but it is so very necessary. The new Christian year begins with us remembering Jesus’ first coming and anticipating his coming again. What we are waiting for is Jesus the King to come and fix all that is broken, including us. We can neither gather nor give enough gifts at Christmastime to satisfy...

2013 Summer Sermon Series: Ruth, God Behind the Seen

A clear message in the Bible is that God is in control of his world. In Ruth, as A. Luter and Barry Davis point out, “God’s actions demonstrate that seemingly out-of-control crises…are under the watchful care of the one true God who faithfully carries out his all wise plan for all of history and (most comfortably) for all of his people.” We welcome you to join us this summer as we see this workout out through the book of...

Evangelize Today Seminar – Saturday, March 9, 2013

Evangelize Today Seminar – Saturday, March 9, 2013 City of Hope Church and Columbia Presbyterian Church are partnering to host an Evangelize Today Seminar, presented by Rev. Al Dayhoff. Al is the pastor of Grace Fellowship Church (PCA) in Chantilly, VA, a church he began in 1993. He developed Evangelize Today (ET) as a unique approach to sharing the Christian faith. ET teaches believers to share their faith in the Lord Jesus by listening to spiritual conversations and respond to divine appointments in everyday life. Evangelism seminars are often theoretical, where Christians talk about evangelism instead of actually doing it. ET allows the participant to reflect on their own conversion process and then apply what they learned before they leave. The seminar includes lunch, laughter, tears, and time to wrestle with the souls already on our hearts. Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013 Time: 9 AM – 4:30 PM Fee: $30 Location: Columbia Presbyterian Church, 10001 Route 108, Columbia, MD 21044  Join us by registering...

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