So, as I got online today, I saw an interesting news caption that caught my attention. It read, “30 pictures that will restore your faith in Hollywood." Ok, I admit, I clicked on the icon and was instantly transported to a bunch of pictures, all showing Hollywood stars in a good mood. Some were on the red carpet, some of them were obviously having a playful moment, laughing and embracing each other.
So, here’s the question that ran through my mind, as I robotically clicked picture after picture…. “Why do I need my faith restored in Hollywood, anyway?” Am I missing something here? Am I a better person when I can feel good about the plastic lives of Hollywood stars? Really?? Who actually thinks that this news caption is helping anyone?
However, there are days that I do need some help restoring my faith in things. There are a lot of heavy things going on in the world. Add to that the anxiety of the upcoming season, and I can see why some people might start losing faith.
If you ever find yourself like this, then let me suggest that pictures of Hollywood stars smiling at each other will do nothing but kill a few minutes of your day. If you really want your faith restored, I have a few pictures of this church that I would like to share with you. Below are a few snapshots of things I witnessed around this church this week: Ready?
Picture one: Imagine a room filled to the brim with bags of Christmas presents. The bags were filled by church people and they are getting ready to be handed out to little kids and families that would not have presents any other way.
Picture two:Imagine a group of people sitting around a table. They are reading the Bible together and sharing their hopes and fears about their individual lives. At some point, they start to hold hands and pray for each other by name.
Picture three: Imagine a room filled with kids singing a song about God's love. One of the teachers stands up and says, “Did you know that God made you special! He loves you just the way you are.”
Picture four: Imagine a large crowd of people sitting in chairs and witnessing a babtism of a baby. The whole church has just heard the words that “God has claimed us and loves us all”. The baby smiles as the water his placed on his head. Do you see yourself in that crowd? There are a lot of us there, remembering what God’s grace is all about. We are remembering that we are called to share that grace with others.
These are just a few of the pictures that I could have taken this week around here. For me, they do more to restore my faith in God and humanity than 1000 pictures of Hollywood stars. And I thank God for every moment.
So, what restores your faith?
Sundays - 9:45 and 11:00 a.m.
- All Sunday worship services at BUHMC are constructed based on the assigned scriptures from the Revised Common Lectionary.
- Our Sunday worship services are marked by symbolic liturgy, preaching, and congregational singing. The Chancel Choir sings at the 9:45 service. Holy Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month.
- During each service, we have a special children's sermon. Children are invited to come forward and hear the message of the day presented directly to them by the pastor.
- Childcare is available during both services. Infant care is in room 132 and toddlers in room 134.
"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High" - Psalm 92:1
We believe that gathering for worship is central to the life of a faith community. It is in worship that we participate in the amazing story of God’s grace moving throughout history and into our lives. In our gatherings, we celebrate Christ as a community. We also believe that is important to reflect the dynamic nature of God by offering various forms and styles of worship. Aside from our regular Sunday worship services, we offer other creative worship opportunities throughout the week specifically for children and youth.