Current Series: Stories of Comfort and Hope
Last spring, in our series “A Fresh Look at Scary Bible Stories,” we studied some challenging ancient texts that presented problematic views of God and of the world. By exploring how these stories have been interpreted through the ages, we were able to find in each of them the love of God shown in Jesus. This season, we continue to unpack popular Bible stories, but this time with a focus on texts that speak powerfully to the comfort and hope people have found in God in the midst of difficult circumstances. These ancient narratives express deeply felt human emotions—grief, guilt, fear and despair. They are real stories where justice is not always won, and pain does not magically disappear: unlike fairy tales, the characters do not necessarily “live happily ever after.” And yet in each one of them, God’s loving presence breaks through the darkness to bring hope and comfort to ordinary, seemingly insignificant people.
Throughout this series we will draw on artistic interpretations of the stories—identifying insights from painters, poets and musicians. We will also encourage one another to share our own stories of God “being there” in hard times. Together, we will celebrate the faithfulness of God to every generation. As the psalmist observed thousands of years ago: “If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, God will help you catch your breath.” (Psalm 34:18, Message)
|April 26||Job: Comfort Without Answers||Ruth Campbell|
|May 3||Jacob and Esau: Hope for Reconciliation||Matthew Dyer|
|May 10||Ruth and Naomi: Choosing Hope Together||Ruth Campbell|
|May 17||Psalm 23: The Comfort of God’s Presence||Matthew Dyer|
|May 24||Rebuilding the Temple: Hope for the Long Haul||Ruth Campbell|
|May 31||Jesus Walks on Water: Courage to Step into the Unknown||Matthew Dyer|
|June 7||Paul: Finding Strength in Christ Together||Bryan Peterson|
Cedar Ridge Community Church is a diverse, open, and affirming community of followers of Jesus, sharing God’s love with everyone and working to make the world a better place for all. We invite you to join us on our journey of growing to be more loving people who recognize that change must begin with us.
We are located in central Montgomery county, just north of Silver Spring. We meet as a church community on Sundays at 10 AM. Our service lasts for about 75 minutes, and we have programs for all ages—including children and teenagers. Click the button below to learn more about our location, service, and programs for all ages.