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If it ever gets easier...quit.

I remember my first week at Hope Street like it was yesterday. In many ways it was a whirlwind of information, people, training, and more people. In many regards not much has changed; I just call it life at Hope Street now. Nonetheless one of the points of emphasis that stuck out to me over the first year was “if the hard stuff, the mess, the deep brokenness ever gets easier to hear or work through quit”. In other words if the moments of relapse, refusal to admit wrongdoing, lies, manipulation and even the unfortunate scenarios of death become easy to bear… quit. Somewhere down the road you have become numb to things that should never cause you to be still, inactive or unmoved. Somehow the t

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Called to Other

“The Holy Spirit holds the tension of God, and is both the abyss and the summit of knowing between Father and Son. The Son is the first Other in the universe. The Spirit is the secret path of affinity that holds the path of kinship warm.” -John O’Donohue Every morning each of us awakes to the tension of otherness, of a world outside our own self. Father, it is easy for me to retreat inward, to the comfortable, to the familiar, to what I know; but this is not your calling. Father you have gifted us with your Holy Spirit to fill us with your wisdom, your power, and your guidance where our own is failing us – your Spirit leads us to know the other, and be known by the other. Father, today I ask

Hope Street Member Prayer

Father God, I come before you with a humble mind, body and spirit. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you for everlasting salvation. Thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ. Hallelujah, Lord. You are the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Nothing is possible without your say so. I ask for your forgiveness Father God, come into my spirit, replenish my soul. Lord, bless Hope Street, shower these walls with your love. Bless everyone involved and bless everyone that will be involved in the future. Make Hope Street a beacon of light, the way to salvation. Lord, sometimes we may falter, step off the path of righteousness. Lord, I ask that you protect us, shine

Rap Sheet

"Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day's out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ's law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived." Galatians 6:1-3 MSG Community meetings are one of my favorite times each week. It’s the one time each week when everybody is in the room. In my head I hear the lyrics, “ready or not here I come, you can’t hide”. Often I prepare a message that never gets taught. Why? Because community meetings are for just that, the community. I leave space to hear fro

Present over Perfect

“I feel small and yet, I feel part of it all” - Shauna Niequist Have you ever been given a book to read and either outwardly or inwardly rolled your eyes? I have. The most recent being Present over Perfect. Only this time, I actually had to read it, because the bible study I am part of is going through it. Presence is often terribly difficult. Perfection is even more difficult but I go above and beyond to try and attain it. So really Perfect over Present would be a much better description for the life I often live. Yet, as I have been pulled deeper and deeper into this book - I have fallen in love with what it has forced me to do: enjoy silence, soak in my surroundings, be aware of my anxiou