Hope Lutheran Church seeks to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ,
to proclaim the gospel to others, and to strive for unity in Christ.
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Hope Lutheran Church
113 South Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 87
Minneota MN 56264
A Note from the Pastor:
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God… Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise… For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you. Psalm 84 (selected verses)
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long. Psalm 23:6
Virtually all religions have holy places; special places where the god is expected
to be present in some kind of special way. For pagans and other nature-
For Christians, Jews, and Muslims, the worship usually happens in a special building. The Jews had the Temple, now their synagogues, Christians have churches, Muslims have Mosques. When the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness, they had a special tent that they used only for the worship of God.
Holy places are places where we believe we have met God in the past, and expect that we will meet him again in the future. Our church is a holy place, not just because it is shaped like a church and has a steeple; not even because it has been specifically dedicated to God. Our church is a Holy Place because of what has happened here. For generations, prayers have gone up, praise has been sung, lessons have been learned. Think of all of the Baptisms, Holy Communion, weddings, and souls sent to their rest from this place. So many prayers have been offered here, in times of peace, times of war, for soldiers’ safe return, and prayers of lament for those that would not. The presence of a church building is a testament to the presence of God. We have met God here and we expect that we will again. Many Christians do not attend worship regularly but will still say, “that’s my church,” knowing that it is there for them in times of need.
As summer turns into fall, and programs start again, let us avail ourselves of the beautiful Holy Place that God and our forebears have gifted us with.
I was glad when the said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord. Psalm 122:1
Peace Y’all, Pastor Allen