Check out today’s Daily Office prayer, Community of Hope is recognized on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, http://dailyoffice.org/2014/12/12/morning-prayer-12-12-14-friday-of-advent-2-our-lady-of-guadalupe/
O God, Father of mercies, who placed your people under the singular protection of your Son’s most holy Mother, grant that all who invoke the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe may seek with ever more lively faith the progress of peoples in the ways of justice and of peace; through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Every year we know of 50-60 homeless people who die on the streets of Albuquerque. This year the situations surrounding these deaths has been particularly painful.
On Sunday at Community of Hope we began the service with a lament for Kee Thomson and Allison Gormann, two men recently beaten to death. This coming Saturday, August 2nd, there will be a service honoring and remembering Kee and Allsion. The service will be held at Noonday Ministries (Broadway and Central) at 11:00 a.m. and will be followed by a friendship meal. All are invited.
Let us remember, let us pray, and let us look toward the day God’s kingdom will come on earth as in heaven.
Thanks to the Filer Family for sharing your gift of music with us at Community of Hope:
Bennie sings “Down to the River to Pray”
When we began Community of Hope one of the core values was that of building community. We sought to build community among those divided by race, class, economic divides, and housing status. We sought to build community through the eyes of God who created all people in the divine image and we boldly state that in each others eyes we see Christ.
The ways we have built community have grown over the years. There are many who come simply to serve, the line between volunteer and recipient is often blurred. We have built community by giving people voice who often feel silenced.
On Sunday, we spoke of the ways people support each other. We heard the refrain from the late Maya Angelou, “Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone” from her poem, Alone. We heard Jesus words, I am with you always. From the community came unexpected music, testimony, and prayers.
Community grew, once again. Because, “Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone”.
Homeless people serving homeless people on Mother’s Day. Ministry WITH led to some heartfelt sharing of our Mothers’ best dreams for us and how we can live in to God’s best design for our lives.
With a spring wind blowing in Albuquerque, Community of Hope moved inside. As we shared the story of the post-resurrection disciples, Dennis led us in a rendition of Lean On Me: