Hopewell Presbyterian Church of Franklin, Indiana

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Pastor's Letter.......April 2018

Beginning this month, we are moving the Hopewell Herald over to a new digital platform powered by MailChimp. For those of you who access most of your digital content on your phone or tablet, the move should improve your viewing experience. The new platform will also make it easier to share photos and videos. Print copies will remain available for those members without email. We hope you like the new layout, let us know your thoughts.

March was such a wonderful and affirming month. My ordination, Hankís baptism, sharing communion together, honoring Bill Leser, welcoming new members, and the children assisting in worship are all visible signs of Godís grace actively working in the life of Hopewell. Special thanks to Pat Stevens and Linda Henderson for capturing some of those moments which are shared below.

As we celebrate Easter Sunday, we will also conclude our study of the Gospel of Mark. I have enjoyed our time together in Mark and hope that you used the opportunity to look afresh at the person of Jesus of Nazareth and were strengthened in your desire to be one of his disciples.

Next, we will turn to Genesis and study the life of Abraham. Abrahamís call marks a turning point in the book of Genesis. The focus turns from the universal scope of sinfulness to one man and his family. While the narrative account narrows, Godís plan for salvation does not. His purpose for Abraham, and his barren wife Sarah, is that through them the nations would be blessed. God makes covenant promises with Abraham, and like the members of the early church, we identify ourselves as heirs of those promises.
7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.
8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith,
preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying,
ďIn you shall all the nations be blessed.Ē
9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the man of faith.
Galatians 3:7-9 (ESV)
Sermon texts for April
April 1 Genesis 11:1-9
April 8 Genesis 11:10-26
April 15 Genesis 12:1-10
April 22 Genesis 13
April 29 Genesis 14
May 6 Genesis 15:1-17

For background and an overview of Genesis, check a few of these videos from The Bible Project.
https://thebibleproject.com/explore/genesis-1-11/
https://thebibleproject.com/explore/genesis-12-50/
Their video on the theme of Covenants will also be helpful.
https://thebibleproject.com/explore/covenants/

I am looking forward to worshiping with each of you this Sunday.
Grace & Peace,

Pastor Brandon