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Sermons – Fall 2017

Wesley Joseph - November 26, 2017

In the Middle of the Jordan

Scripture: Joshua 3:1-17

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50 DAYS OF TRANSFORMATION

Wesley Joseph - November 26, 2017

In the Middle of the Jordan

Scripture: Joshua 3:1-17

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Touché September 15, 2017

 

Freedom Sunday 

 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free.” (Luke 4:18) 

 There’s been a lot of talk this summer Read more »

Worship Series: Heart of Worship

Taylor Holbrook - May 14, 2017

167 Worship

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Worship & Music Census

Do You Sing? Play an Instrument? Read, Write, Act, Dance, or Decorate? If you’d like to share any of these abilities in worship, put your name down (as many times as you like!) for the Worship and Music Census. Sign up on your connection card, on the bulletin board outside the music room, or email Wesley Joseph, using the form below,  to let us know about your talents! Read more »

Touché May 5, 2017

 

Foundational Worship

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.” (Colossians 3:16)

In 2005 we reshaped Read more »

Touché April 21, 2017

 

Gen Next

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.  For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;  for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:5-6)

The two most important days in the church year will Read more »

Touché February 3, 2017

 

Winter Wednesdays @ the Well on Worship-February 8, 15, 22-7:00-9:00 PM

In October, the Consistory set up a task force to look at worship at Hopewell.  We stated a goal of Read more »

Sermon Series: Transformed and Transforming

Taylor Holbrook - November 6, 2016

Mental Models-Radical Obedience

Transformed and Transforming:Mental Model-Radical Obedience 11-6-2016 - Pastor Taylor Holbrook

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Sermon Series Summer 2016

Taylor Holbrook - September 4, 2016

Hermeneutics

Hermeneutics “God makes himself known to us more clearly by his holy and divine Word, as much as we need in this life, for God’s glory and for our salvation.” (Belgic Confession Article 2) her·me·neu·tics: the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts. “God said it. I believe it. That settles it!” You may have seen that bumper sticker. It reflects a view of scripture that says, “The way I interpret this is the way God meant it and it is very simple.” The problem is we have interpretations aplenty from followers of Christ in many places. We divide, reform, repent and reject because of the way we interpret the word. This Sunday we take a look at the matter of scriptural interpretation with a most intriguing book-the book of Philemon. It is one chapter, twenty five verses, one of the shortest in scripture. It is a very personal letter where Paul asks Philemon to take back a runaway slave, Onesimus. It is a reflection of the early church on a topic of tension. Paul has taught that in baptism there is neither slave nor free, but now the church has to deal with these uncomfortable divisions within itself. Paul in Timothy says that “all scripture is ‘God breathed’ and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) So it is interesting to look at Philemon for our understanding of hermeneutics. You can imagine that many Christians who supported slavery saw this as a key passage in understanding that the gospel maintained the structure of slavery. Our hermeneutics today would say that is a misguided interpretation. In the reformed tradition, we believe with the Belgic confession that scripture’s focus is God’s clear revelation for us on all we need for salvation and for God’s glory. We say that it is infallible in all that it intends to teach about faith and life. It is not primarily a science or history book. It is a book of relationship of God with God’s people and his creation. I am thankful that it is a living word, as the writer of Hebrews says. We have all experienced the way God speaks to us through a passage we may have read many times, and yet we discover new meaning, new depth, and/or new understanding in it. That is the power of the Holy Spirit which takes the written word and lets it live in our hearts. On the last Sunday of the summer it may seem heavy to talk about Hermeneutics, but it is a labor of love for Labor Day between Onesimus and his boss, and it is a labor of love for Christians as we more fully engage the word of life.

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Sermon Series: One Year, One Message

Taylor Holbrook - May 8, 2016

The Final Authority

One Year One Message Scripture: Matthew 7:24-29

From Series: "One Year, One Message"

"Wednesdays at the Well" This fall we will practice what we preach at Hopewell. This years Sermon series is entitled "One Year, One Message." Beginning September 23rd from 7-8:30 Wednesdays @ the Well will work with the message from the Sermon on the Mount from the previous Sunday Sermon, giving time for: 1) teaching 2) reflection and 3) small group interaction, preparing us to practice what God is showing us. I believe it will transform what we do on Sunday by encouraging clear application for our lives throughout the coming week.This is the essence of 167 Living. I hope that you will come. We begin this week, September 23, 7-8:30 PM in the Community Room. There will be NO WEDNESDAYS AT THE WELL during Advent and Lent If you missed the sermon, please use the link to watch. I look forward to seeing you at “The Well.” Taylor W. Holbrook

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REBOOT! Wednesdays at the Well – One Year, One Message

“Wednesdays at the Well”

Re-starting on Wednesday 4/6/2016 at 7:30pm.

Topics include Faithwalking, Homosexuality, and Universalism.  See schedule below for more details.

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LENT: Life in the Minor Key

February 10 – March 16  — LENTEN SERMON SERIES

Lenten Series: LIFE IN THE MINOR KEY

Our Lenten Services begin with our Ash Wednesday service, February 10, at 7:30 PM.  

WEDNESDAYS AT THE WELL
We will have our mid-week Soup Suppers at 6:30pm followed with Worship at 7:15pm beginning Wednesday, February 17 through March 16.

On Sundays and Wednesdays during Lent we will be hearing about the Minor Prophets.
HOSEA
JOEL
AMOS
OBADIAH
JONAH
MICAH
NUHUM
HABAKKUK
ZEPHANIA
HAGGAI
ZECHARIAH
MALACHI

Flower Chart

The flower chart is located at the kiosk. Please sign up to order flowers in memory of in honor of someone. You are required to order the flowers and have them delivered to the church before noon on Friday, or you can deliver them yourself prior to the Gatherings service (8:45) on Sunday. Contact Judy Phillips with any questions, using the form below. Read more »

Summer Sermon Series 2015

Taylor Holbrook - August 30, 2015

Worthless Religion

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Touché May 29, 2015

A Music Sunday for the Ages and All Ages

“…but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.” (Ephesians 5:18b-20)

Paul settled the worship wars in Ephesus many years ago.  He encouraged praise to God be done in every style that he could think of: in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  This Sunday at both Read more »

Lenten Sermon Series – ENCOUNTER: They Met Jesus

Taylor Holbrook - April 5, 2015

EASTER: Mary Magdelene-Messenger of a New World

April 5,2015 | Easter Sunday | Sermon Series: Encounter: They Met Jesus | Sermon: Mary Magdelene:Messenger of a New World | Scripture: John 20: 1-18 | Hallelujah Chorus | Organist: Wesley Joseph | Chorale Director: Kate Valdivia

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Making a Dent – OUTSIDE EDITION

Taylor Holbrook - February 15, 2015

Schools in our Community

Feb 22 2015 | Scripture: John 31-17 | Pastor Taylor Holbrook | Dr Steven Schuchat - Guest Speaker

From Series: "Make A Dent - Outside Edition"

TWO PART SERIES (Part 2) Make A Dent - Outside Edition: Pastor Holbrook talks about missions within our community and around the world SEE ALSO: Make A Dent - Inside Edition: Pastor Taylor Holbrook talks about Ministries within the church.

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Touché February 20, 2015

Encounter-They Met Jesus

“Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.” (Matthew 28:9)

The first followers of Christ were called: “People of the Way.” Through the Sundays of Lent Read more »

Make A Dent – Inside Edition

Taylor Holbrook - January 25, 2015

Operations & Care

Jan 25, 2015 | Making A Dent - Inside Edition | Operations & Care | Scripture: Ephesians 4 (NRSV) | Pastor Taylor Holbrook | Organist: Wesley Joseph

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2 PART SERIES: Make A Dent - Inside Edition: Pastor Taylor Holbrook talks about Ministries within the church. SEE ALSO: Make A Dent - Outside Edition: Pastor Holbrook talks about missions within our community and around the world

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Touché December 26, 2014

Home for Christmas

This Sunday we will have both of our morning worship services at Hopewell. I want to be clear about that because sometimes we have had a single service between Christmas and the New Year. They will be great services because Read more »

Sermon Series – Advent/Christmas 2014

Taylor Holbrook - January 4, 2015

All Things New

January 4, 2015 | Pastor Taylor Holbrook | Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Revelation 21:1-6a (NRSV)

From Series: "Advent/Christmas 2014 - A Better World is Drawing Near"

Advent 2014 Christmas Eve 2014 | Hopewell Reformed Church | Pastor Taylor Holbrook | A Better World is Drawing Near - Seeing Christ Chancel Choir led by Kate Valdivia Organist/Pianist - Wesley Joseph

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Sermon Series: 167 Giving

Taylor Holbrook - November 23, 2014

Loving in the Light of Eternity

Nov 23, 2014 | 167 Giving: Loving in the Light of Eternity | Pastor Taylor Holbrook | Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:31-46 (NRSV)

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Stewardship Series

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 Touché November 7, 2014  

For All the Saints

Thelma MacBrien suggested: “instead of naming our organ “Bessie” we should name her “Edith” in honor of the woman who lived one hundred and two years and probably heard that organ in more church services than any other listener.”  I like that idea.  This Sunday Read more »

Fall Sermon Series: 167 FaithWalking

Taylor Holbrook - October 26, 2014

Missional Living

October 26, 2014 | 167 Faithwalking | Missional Living | Matthew 22:34-36 | PastorTaylor Holbrook

From Series: "167 Faith Walking"

In a series of parables in Matthew, Jesus looks at those who profess faith, but reject the deeper implications of what that means. This fall will be a opportunity for us all to reflect on how we can be consistent in what we profess and what we reflect through the teachings of Jesus and the understanding of the Faith Walking model. For the Sundays of September and October we will be looking at 167 Faithwalking in the parables of Matthew as Jesus, through these parables, invites us to live into grace not simply in word, but at the very center of who we are. This is emotionally healthy spirituality, and contrasts a spirituality that is often legalistic, ritualistic or tribalistic. This is what I have been longing to live into as a pastor for my entire ministry. “It would be nice if the redeemed looked more redeemed” said Robert MacAfee Brown That is what Faithwalking is about. We are planning to close this time of teaching with a Faith Walking retreat, October 24 and 25 at Hunter Mountain. Keep an eye on your weekly announcements for more details

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Summer 2014 – Sermons

Mark Mast - September 7, 2014

Farewell to Pastor Mark Mast at Annual Picnic

Sept 7,2014 | Tymor Park | HRC and ODYSSEY congregations join in a farewell to Pastor Mark Mast and family. Mark has answered a call to the New Paltz Reformed Church. | Message by Pastor Mark Mast. Slideshow follows Mark's message with band playing in the background

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Hopewell’s Core Values – Sermon Series

Taylor Holbrook - August 31, 2014

Radical Gospel

Aug 8,2014 | Sermon Series: Hopewell's Core Values | Radical Gospel | Scripture: Romans 1:7-25

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TITLE: Hopewell's Core Values AUG 3 - Radical Love Ephesians 2:8-22 AUG 10 - Radical Justice Micah 6:6-8 AUG 17 - Radical Welcome 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 AUG 24 - TBA (Pam Hansen) AUG 31 - Radical Gospel Romans 1:7-25

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Sermon Series: Going Home-Our Family-Our Faith

Taylor Holbrook - July 20, 2014

Going Home

We all have family conflicts. How we respond can be very different. Do you flee, fight, fix or freeze? What about the other members of your family? Does knowing this help your perspective?

From Series: "Biblical Family Systems"

Three week series on Family Based on the story of Jacob in the Book of Genesis Scripture: Genesis 25:19-34 We all have family conflicts. How we respond can be very different. Do you flee, fight, fix or freeze? What about the other members of your family? Does knowing this help your perspective?

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ALPHA – The Sermon Series

Taylor Holbrook - June 22, 2014

How Can I Make the Most of the Rest of My Life?

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Lent and Easter 2014 – Sermons

Taylor Holbrook - April 20, 2014

Easter 2014

Easter 2014 Pastor Taylor Holbrook scripture: Jeremiah 31

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Forty days Through the Wilderness From Egypt to Easter

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Easter Flowers

If you would like to give Easter flowers in memory or honor of someone, please complete the Easter flower form and return it to the church office. You can order up through Easter, but to be noted in the Easter bulletin, the form must be in the church office by April 13.

Sermon Series: Psalms in the Key of Life

Psalms in the Key of Life: The focus for this series comes from Pastor Taylor’s experience with his son Andrew’s accident.  The place he returned to throughout these four months has been the Book of Psalms. Read more »

A Celebration of Epiphany

Sunday January 5, 2014 – Communion Sunday

The coming of the Wise Men is a time when the church focuses on outreach and the truth of the gospel for all people.

We will be using ancient elements of worship that remind us of the timeless truth that we are called through the gospel to reach beyond our lives to share our lives with others.

It will be a time for Pastor Taylor to introduce us to a theme of restoring a culture of outreach and evangelism at Hopewell that will see us going “deep and wide.”

Advent Sermon Series: ENTER THE SONGS!

Taylor Holbrook - December 22, 2013

Simeon's Song -- Light to the Gentiles

Sunday Dec 22, 2014 - 4th Sunday in Advent Sermon Series: ENTER THE SONG's Simeon's Song -- Light to the Gentiles Rev Taylor Holbrook Scripture: Luke 2:25-33

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(from Reformed Worship) --Mary's Song" "God is My Redeemer" (Luke 1:39-56) --Zechariah's Jesus Song - "Horn of Salvation. (Luke 1:67-75) --Zechariah's John Song "The Rising Sunshine" Luke 1:76-80 --Simeon's Song "Ligh to the Gentiles" Luke 2:25-33 --The Angel's and Shepherd's Song "Peace on Earth" Luke 2:1-20

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KINGDOM LIVING: Bringing It Home

Guest Speaker - November 24, 2013

HRC... Give Thanks

Sermon Series: Kingdom Living - Bringing It Home "HRC... Give Thanks" Speaker: Kevin Phillips Scripture 1 John 4 Hopewell Reformed Church 8:45am Service

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Bringing it Home --- HRC... Unity (John 17:20-25) ---HRC... Hope's Well (Luke 4:16:30) --- HRC... Give Thanks (TBA)

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Sermon Series – Kingdom Living: Mirror, Mirror

Taylor Holbrook - November 3, 2013

LOVE

ALL SAINTS DAY November 3, 2013 Pastor Taylor Holbrook Sermon "LOVE" from Sermon Series: KINGDOM LIVING: Mirror,Mirror 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

From Series: "Kingdom Living: Mirror, Mirror"

Church Practices which demonstrate God's intent in the world. --Reconciliation: With God, self, and others (Eph 2:11-22) --Justice, Mercy, Humility (Mic 6:6-8) --Hospitality (Rom 12:9-21) --Love (1Cor13:1-13)

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Fruit of the Spirit – Sermon Series Audio/Video

Taylor Holbrook - May 12, 2013

Fruit of the Spirit - Faithfulness

Philippians 4:8-9 Mark 14:32-42

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Lenten Sermon Series “The Last Words”

Taylor Holbrook - March 31, 2013

Easter 2013 - "Jesus' First Words"

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The Last Words - Lent/Easter 2013

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In Touch – February 8, 2013

Last Words

My father’s last words to Hilary were: “Do you know what today is?  Today is the day I am going home.”  My mom’s last words to Andrew were: “God will guide you on what to do.”  We remember last words because they pack power and so often define a person’s life.  Jesus’ last words are the most famous last words of all, the seven last words from the cross. Read more »