Part of the mission of Community of Hope is to give voice to people who do not always feel that they have voice. Not only do we tell people that they have value and worth as they are created in God’s image, but we seek to practice that in a participatory service. The people who come to Community of Hope lead the prayers, read the scripture, and shape the sermon.
On Sunday, we practiced this as we talked about the teaching in Ephesians, Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. We shared our experiences of righteous anger, destructive anger, and how we might live in God’s grace.
In addition to sharing our experiences with scripture, a new tongue proclaimed God’s grace. Emmett Valenski led the gathering by singing the familiar song, Amazing Grace, in Navajo.
Many tongues shared many experiences of how each found strength in God.