There is Hope

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness, come into God’s presence with singing” (Psalm 100:1-2).

This, more than anything else, brings the House of Hope congregation together. Liturgy is both the form our service follows and the work of God’s people while in the sanctuary. Liturgy calls us, cradles us, and converts us. Liturgy and worship, hearing, speaking, singing the word of God, set a tone for our lives. Worshipping together can physically synchronize our hearts and weekly worship sets a rhythm for our life’s dance with the Holy One.

As we come out of COVID-19 and into an unexpected transition, you are invited to engage worship more deeply and with joy through a year-long celebration of preaching and music! Some of our previous pastors will be back to share the word, The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, will share a truly powerful message, new voices will share the gospel in new ways, and The Motet Choir and Choir School are planning for multiple Music Sundays.

There Is Hope – let us gather to meet our future with abundant joy!


There is Hope – A Celebration Year of Preaching and Music began on Palm Sunday weekend, April 9 and 10, 2022.


Guest Preachers will include:

Camille Cook Howe, Georgetown Presbyterian Church
Anna Carter Florence, Columbia Theological Seminary
Brian Ellison, Covenant Network of Presbyterians
Bill Brown, Columbia Theological Seminary
Randi Ilyse Roth, Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul
Robin Steinke, Luther Seminary
Peg Chemberlin, Retired – National Council of Churches
Joann Lee, Calvary Presbyterian, San Francisco





Rev. Dix Brachlow | Guest Preacher: Sunday, October 2

The Rev. Dix Brachlow is a retired PC(USA) pastor, and regularly attends House of Hope. She’s a graduate of the University of Minnesota and of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and she has served congregations in Mankato, Minnesota, and in Richmond, Virginia. After 40 years away from Minnesota, Dix and husband Stephen, a retired seminary professor, returned in 2013 to be near their daughter and family, who also attend HOH. She enjoys travel, theatre, and loves playing piano, reading, hiking, exploring spiritual disciplines like centering prayer, and admiring three active grandchildren. She co-chairs the Disability Concerns Ministry for the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area and at HOH is involved in leadership of Stephen Ministry, Bible Study, and Christian education.



Rev. Dr. Scott Kenefake, Transitional Pastor | Sunday, October 9

Rev. Dr. Scott M. Kenefake is a Kansas City native (Overland Park) and has been an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church USA for more than 35 years.  He is a graduate of the University of Kansas (B.A., Government/History,), Washburn University School of Law (J.D., Public Interest), San Francisco Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (D. Min.).  He has served as an installed pastor in several congregations around the country (Rome, Georgia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; and Appleton, Wisconsin), as an exchange pastor in Ayr, Scotland, as a Hospital/Hospice Chaplain (Topeka, Kansas), and as an Interim/Transitional Head of Staff (New York, New York; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Bloomington, Indiana). He and his wife, Gail, have been married for 38 years and have two adult children: Mary Elizabeth, who lives in London, and William (spouse, Anna) who live in Kansas City, Missouri (Brookside).  Dr. Kenefake enjoys reading, listening to NPR, watching PBS, playing tennis, trying new restaurants, travel, all genres of music and the arts, and walking his dogs, Bindi and Pip.