Hesed Community Church is a developing church in the neighborhoods of Detroit. It is a joint effort of the Christian Reformed Church and Reformed Church of America. With a specific mandate to impact disinvested areas of Detroit, Hesed is part of a network of urban churches that have a track record of truly loving and being present with the people of the inner city areas. We are currently living that out in the Brightmoor and Morningside neighborhoods of Detroit.
The name “Hesed” is a Hebrew word most often translated “loyal love” and most specifically is striking to us from Jonah 4:2 where Jonah becomes angry with God for saving Nineveh.
“[Jonah] prayed to the Lord, ‘Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.'”
“Rav Hesed” is the Hebrew phrase translated in the NIV as “abounding in love” and Hesed is actually the steadfast, covenant keeping love of God. (Isn’t that beautiful!?) It’s the love that immediately forgives a city not even a part of Israel because of God’s John 3:16-type-of-love for the whole world. A love of His creation. In Jonah 4 it’s accusing. But we feel this love in a positive way towards Detroit. We feel like God’s steadfast, covenant keeping love towards all the people of Detroit is more than enough to save the city.