“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in God, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ~ Romans 15:13
For several years, Burke Presbyterian Church has been on a journey marked by unprecedented change. It began with a commitment to expand our church building—and a subsequent massive building project—and went on to include changes in pastoral leadership and a global pandemic.
The last eighteen months have been challenging. We have suffered compound tragedies as a nation. Many of us have experienced deep, personal grief. We acknowledge and call out these losses. Yet in the midst of dark days, we, the people of God, know that we are called to spread hope.
C.S. Lewis wrote that “Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.” We have hope that things will get better. We have hope that God will be with us during turbulent times. We have hope in eternal life, and that can give us the strength to face today.
This year, we first want to acknowledge where we have been and what has happened to us. Then, we invite the members and friends of Burke Presbyterian Church to look with hope towards the future. God has plans for us and for the great works of ministry we can achieve as a community of faith. Hope endures.