We are a parish formed from congregations of unique identities, each with a long history of service to OUR communities.

Our Congregations

MIAMI

33110 Switzer Rd
Paola, KS 66071

Service Time: 8:00am

OSAWATOMIE

344 Main St
Osawatomie, KS 66064

Service Time: 9:30am

Website: osawatomiepresbyterian.org

PAOLA

110 E Peoria St
Paola, KS 66071

Service Time: 11:00am

Website: fpcpaola.org

Hello, my name is Reverend Paul Davidson and I thank you for your interest in the New Hope Parish family of churches.

New Hope Parish consists of three church families of Miami County Kansas, First Presbyterian Church of Paola, First Presbyterian Church of Osawatomie, and Miami Presbyterian Church located near Louisburg Kansas. Although each of these churches has its own unique character, they all share welcoming hearts, each reflecting agape, God’s selfless love.

At each of the New Hope Parish churches, you will find an inclusive church family that is open and accepting to all. We gladly welcome, with love and acceptance, worshipers from all walks of life to not only be a part of worship but to also be a part of our church family and community.

If you expect to find perfection, although we are striving for it, remembering Paul’s words from Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory…”, we realize that we are all broken, and only by the help of God and while working with each other, can we seek to find peace in our own lives while working to make God’s creation a better place for all; not only by our words but more so through our Christ-centered actions and how we respond to life’s challenges. Responding out of God’s agape, God’s selfless love. A love that puts the needs of others first.

It is our hope and prayer that you will join us in one of our many parish activities, including our weekly worship. Feel free to reach out should you wish to learn more about our welcoming, inclusive church family of New Hope Parish. We look forward to meeting you and to sharing and celebrating God’s Good News with you. In the meantime, please feel free to visit us at www.nhparish.org where you will find more information about the Parish, links to websites for each of the three churches as well as our Parish Calendar of Events.

Blessings and peace to you,

Pastor Paul

New Hope Parish Weekly Publication

January 28, 2021

Hello All!

Hope and pray everyone is doing well and staying safe.

Well, as you may have heard me say before, we are one day closer to the pandemic being over and getting back together in person and to fellowshipping the way we want to fellowship. And I think we know what we need to do to make that “one day” sooner rather than later. So, instead of sharing what we’ve all heard so many times before (and will probably continue to hear several more times), I thought I’d share something a little different.

When I was in my early teenage years, I started attending a church with some friends of mine. This is of course the time in a person’s life when you start noticing more and more about the world outside of your community. I can remember feeling a lot of concern for the state of the world. Although I can’t remember what sparked my questioning, I do remember that I began to question God’s place in everything and how God could let so many bad things happen. One night, not really expecting any answer, I made that the primary lament of my prayers. To my amazement, next Sunday morning, although I can’t remember the details of the sermon or even the scripture that was being preached, I do remember that God answered my prayer in that sermon. What was said was something similar to the fact that there’s really not that much bad in the world, it’s just that the bad stuff is louder and takes attention off of the good stuff. Think of the words from the psalmist in Psalm 27: 13-14, “I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness in the exuberant earth. Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God.” (MSG) And if we view the world, God’s creation, through God’s eyes and with a heart-centered in Christ, we will see God’s goodness in the exuberant earth. For when Christ went to the cross, he did so for all of creation, past, present and future. The Apostle Paul stated this well in 2 Corinthians 5:16-20, “Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life emerges! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.” (MSG) If our faith is to mean anything, we must believe in the power of the Holy Trinity. We must have faith in our faith. We must have faith that God has been and is continuing to give the world a fresh start. Or as the Common English Bible translates verse 16, “So then, from this point on we won’t recognize people by human standards. Even though we used to know Christ by human standards, that isn’t how we know him now.”

God is at work in this world and, although it is often easier said than done, we must trust in God’s wisdom and guidance. We must also remember to never underestimate the personal history of those around us. We don’t know what others have gone through. In many situations, if we did, we may find ourselves quite humbled. Remember Jesus’ words from Matthew 7:12, “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.” (MSG)

This doesn’t mean that God won’t use our frustration with the way things are or are not going; we may just find ourselves being pulled by the Holy Trinity in a way that we hadn’t expected. If God is using us in these situations, and if we trust in God and follow God’s still speaking voice, we will make it through said situation, and most likely a little stronger and a little wiser and a whole lot better. Remember Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 9:22-23, “Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!” (MSG)

Siblings in Christ, know, without a doubt, that if God is in us, there is truly more good in God’s creation than there is bad. It’s up to us, with the help of the Holy Trinity, to help reveal the good in God’s creation. It not only can be done, but it must also be done. Remember too that we are one day closer to the pandemic’s end. Put your trust in God and rejoice in God every day.

As I’ve said before, we as a church family continue to seek God’s wisdom on how we can keep our sanity and maintain our connections with each other during these challenging times of Covid-19. Together, with God’s help, we will persevere. If you’d like a call from me, I may need a nudge. So please, in the kindest of ways, drop me a note and let me know. Please know that you each are always in my heart, thoughts, and prayers. Please know too that I thank God every day for each of you and for the God-given love and gifts that you bring to our church family and to God’s creation. The world is a better place because of each of you.

Be safe, love and serve the Lord and always, give God thanks.

Blessings and peace,

Pastor Paul