A Word from the Pastor

Welcome Friends, Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ through the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit in this place. I welcome you to Hopewell Reformed Church, especially if you are here for the first time. We seek to be a church that knows Christ and makes him known in everything we do. We pray that you experience that today.

These words are my greeting most Sunday mornings in worship. It is my greeting to you on this web site. It reflects who we are, what we are about and my hope for you this day. We are all on a spiritual journey and I invite you to explore that at HRC making connections with the church and with Christ. I am glad that you are here.

Taylor Holbrook, Lead Pastor

 

The Latest from the Pastor

Touché December 15, 2017

 

Oh Holy Night

“And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice…”     (Isaiah 30:29)

“We will be at the 7:30 mass on Christmas Eve.  My whole family is coming in and I am so excited.”  Those words were spoken to me at a party last week by one who had just started attending our church.  Raised Roman Catholic, she found a different experience Read more »

Touché December 7, 2017

 

A Choir From the Wilderness

“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”       (Isaiah 40:3)

The scriptures in Advent remind us that to get to Jesus you go through John.  To get to Christmas you go through the wilderness.  To get to Read more »

Touché December 1, 2017

 

A Day Away

“Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10)

Get thee to a monastery!  A few of us will follow that command this Saturday.  We will be still as we move into the Advent season in anticipation of the coming of Christmas.  We will have a day of silence and reflection on the Psalms of Advent.  I hope all of us will have some time to be still, and know that God is God in this season of great busyness and activity.  The invitation to quiet and contemplation comes in the imperative mode in Psalm 46.  The punctuation the New Revised Standard Version uses is an exclamation point.  It is as if the Psalmist is saying you need this as a command for your mental, emotional and spiritual life.

There is so much in our life that keeps us from reflection and contemplation. It is no wonder the Bible calls us to be still, take stock and know that God is in charge.  The exclamation point comes as well when Jesus calms the sea and says: “Peace, be still!”  The one who created us calls us to calm down and trust.  It was Jesus who spent many days away going to a quiet place to be restored in his relationship with the Father.  If Jesus needed it, we all need it.  Be still, and know that I am God!

I hope you find time to get away this Advent, whether it is in your backyard or a monastery.  Take some time to be still.  It’s not simply a suggestion; it is a command that helps you keep your sanity and your spirituality.

If you would like to join us for the Day Away at Graymoor Friary, you are welcome.  We begin at 9 AM and end at 4 PM.  We meet at the St. Francis Chapel at the top of the hill at 1350 Route 9, Garrison, NY.  Hit reply and let me know if you did not respond on the Connection Card.

May you have a peaceful Advent,

Taylor