“The church is the hope of the world.” A day after the deadly attack in Nice, France and mere weeks after deadly shootings in Orlando, Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas the message from Bishop John L. Hopkins resonated with those gathered for Friday’s morning worship service. “May we hear not only the words of his lips, but the words of his heart, may they find a resting place in ours that we might see you more clearly, love you more dearly, and serve you more faithfully,” retired Bishop Woody White prayed prior to Hopkins’ sermon. At a time when actions are dividing our churches, our communities, our nation, and our world, “our gifts (from God) are to serve the whole and not the parts,” Hopkins said. Click here to read the full story from Rick Wolcott, East Ohio UMC.