In June I had a wonderful opportunity to help in the worship service for the Presbyterian Women of the Synod of Trinity Women’s Gathering. Women from 16 Presbyteries from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania joined together to worship, praise and serve our God.
The theme was “Hope In Bloom”. There were 5 separate worship services; “Seeds of Hope”, “Roots of Hope”, “Sprouts of Hope”, “Nourishing Hope” and “Blossoms of Hope”
I did not realize all the preparations that went into creating such a program. The Coordinating Team met in September of 2013 and again in January 2014 to plan and organize the event for June. In between those months I along with many women were working behind the scenes using our talents and gifts to bring this event together.
One of my duties was to write a worship service for “Roots of Hope”. I have never accomplished anything like this before. This was the first step out of my comfort zone, to write something that I would have to read in front of many women I did not know. Forget what I said about the first step, because I did not step out of my comfort zone I jumped!
Here is part of my worship service. The song “Sowing Seeds of Hope” was written by our Worship Coordinator, Mary McElroy – regrettably I do not have the words to it to share with you.
This morning we sang “Sowing Seeds of Hope”. Through those seeds God plants:
A Living Hope that takes root in the reality of the hardships of life and holds us close to God our Father.
An Honest Hope whose roots grow deep in our souls and keep us firmly planted in God’s unfailing promises.
A Patient Hope grown out of those little seeds that help us not to soar but to walk gently and without fainting.
A Sustaining Hope that brings God’s rest in our struggles and His peace in our storms.
And finally, an Eternal Hope that is only found in Jesus Christ, Son of God and Keeper of our Souls.
Hebrews 10:23 states: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful” Let us sow the seeds of hope and allow our roots to grow deep so that we can remain firmly planted in God’s promise of His eternal hope for tomorrow, and the grace and peace of His presence today.
The closing song (A Firm Foundation) ~ along with the evening prayer with extinguishing the Christ Candle, wrote by our Worship Coordinator that I worked into the evening vespers.
Colossians 2:6-7 “Just as you received Christ Jesus as LORD, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Rooted in Christ! Now that is a firm foundation! As we extinguish the Christ candle, a symbol of Christ among us, may we stand firm in Christ as we take this light in our hearts to guard us through the night. Let the light shine through us and shower glimmers of HOPE along the way.
Let us pray;
Ever present God, walk with us into the night and hold us steady. Help us to visualize your nourishment coming to us through your strong roots. When we start to waver hold us close and show us new and fresh horizons. Guard our ways and keep us through the darkness that we may awake with the dawn ready to witness to your glory. Be with those we have left behind and hold them in the safety of your hands. Bring us peace as we go to rest that we may awake refreshed and enthusiastic about another day to serve you. Through Christ, our roots of hope we pray.
I would also like to thank my spiritual director, Rev.Christine Woods-Henderson for helping me with wording and grammar for the opening and the devotion. Tomorrow I will post the devotion.
May the roots of our faith that is found in Jesus Christ nourish you each and every day.