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. Julie Neraas | Guest Preacher: Sunday, May 29

Julie Neraas is an ordained Presbyterian minister, spiritual director, and was a long time professor at Hamline University. Julie has a particular interest in helping busy people find regular spiritual practices. She has been a college and treatment center chaplain and pastor in three churches. She is the author of Apprenticed to Hope, Seeing the Sacred, and How Hope and Poetry Sustain Us. Julie grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and used to play and teach tennis. 


Rev. Dr. David Colby | Guest Preacher:  Sunday, June 5

Rev. Dr. David Colby currently serves as the Transitional General Presbyter for Winnebago Presbytery which covers the northeast quadrant of Wisconsin. Prior to this position, Dave served sixteen years as pastor of nearby Central Presbyterian. His work focuses on supporting pastors and congregations and offering encouragement and resources so that they can adapt to new conditions and work toward a vital and viable future. His hobbies include cooking, backpacking, flyfishing, and baseball. He and his family live here in St. Paul.


Rt. Rev. Peg Chemberlin | Guest Preacher: Sunday June 19

Rt. Rev. Peg Chemberlin is a coach, speaker, author, and strategist at the intersection of faith and public life. She served as CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches for 22 years and is a former president of the National Council of Churches of Christ-USA. Chemberlin was appointed by President Obama to be a member of his first Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships; she sat on the Economic Recovery Task Force and helped to write the report on Refugees and Global Migration.