Hanover Valley Sunday Service Livestream - June 21st

Dear Friends 

I had an interesting conversation this week talking about the many unusual and straining things happening in our culture and world. We were commenting to each other about how glad we would be to get back to some level of normalcy and although my friend understood what we meant, she commented, "I don't really think we want to go back to 'normal' do we?" As we talked, her point became clear. What we often mean about going back to normal is going back to a place where we don't have to worry or be concerned for the things we take for granted like health and economy and justice. 

Currently, we are in one of the most unusual times of our lives with so many layers of struggle. The pandemic has made us aware of how frail our bodies are and how vital we are to each other's health and safety. Before now, we lived mostly unaware of this and carefree. The fragility of our economy and system of commerce, how dependent we are on it and how we rely on it for hope and security have all been challenged during these months in ways we never saw or imagined. The incidents of racial injustice and the ensuing protests have made us all uneasy about the seeds of prejudice and privilege that lay in our hearts and grow silently and to which we are mostly blind. 

Now that we have begun to see these things and experience the ill at ease of them all, we can't go back to normal. We can't go back to the old ways of complacency about injustice and racial strain. We can't go back to the old normals of self reliance and hope generated by a bank account. Normal ideas of living for ourselves, without regard for the impact it has on my neighbor can't be what we're aiming for. Not going back to normal but confronting these weak areas and blind spots will not be easy or pain free. It will take time, it will require repentance, it will lead to vulnerability and humility. It will mean taking steps toward change and community. But in these ways the restoring grace of God changes us and then uses us to make change in his world. Only the gospel of Christ is powerful enough to move us from self absorbed to putting others preferences ahead of our own, from trusting in wealth to finding security in a savior who promises ridiculous prosperity on his terms, from complacency to action on behalf of the oppressed. We can't go back to normal. 

Live Stream Worship

I hope you are finding hope and encouragement from the weekly livestream worship services offered at 10am on Sundays. The link to join in is here: https://m.youtube.com/user/HanoverValley

In addition to engaging the livestream from your own home, we also offer two more options available during this pandemic crisis: First, small groups are available to meet in homes to worship together with the livestream. If this option suits your situation best we encourage you to contact one of the growth group leaders or the church office to see if a group gathering is occurring and how you might best be prepared to be a part. Second, beginning this Sunday, the church building will be available for anyone to be present while the live stream is being produced. This option will involve wearing masks during the service and being careful to space ourselves to prevent infection. 

We know that none of these options is ideal. Our desire is to do our best to love and care for each other and our community by looking out for each other's needs over our own, by providing safe and healthy locations for our neighbors and friends to explore the love of Christ. We also pray that the Lord, who is good and powerful, will lead us to a time soon when these unusual and uncomfortable options and measures will not be necessary. Pray for our patience and love for one another, pray for our leaders who are caring for and making these diverse arrangements, pray for our production and worship teams who continue to develop and improve the technology and quality of our service. 

The session, Noah and I are praying for you all day by day. We want to know your needs and prayer concerns. Please contact us at any time and we will do all we can to be of encouragement or help. Please continue to reach out to one another. Send a quick note or email to encourage. Give a call or a text to check in or share a moment. We Love you all.


Drew Derreth



June 21st, 2020


Call to Worship

Gathering Song

Sing to the King

Sing to the King Who is coming to reign.

Glory to Jesus, the Lamb that was slain.

Life and salvation His empire shall bring,

And joy to the nations, when Jesus is King.

Chorus: Come let us sing a song,

A song declaring that we belong to Jesus,

He is all we need. Lift up a heart of praise.

Sing now with voices raised to Jesus;

Sing to the King

For His returning we watch and we pray;

We will be ready the dawn of that day.

We'll join in singing with all the redeemed.

'Cause Satan is vanquished and Jesus is King. Chorus.

Corporate Prayer of Confession

Lord God, we have given more weight to our successes and our happiness than to your will. We have eaten without a thought for the hungry. We have spoken without an effort to understand others. We have kept silent instead of speaking up for justice. We have acted in accordance with our opinions rather than according to your commands. In the church, we have been slow to practice love of our neighbors. And in the world we have no been your faithful servants. We come again asking for grace because of what your son has done at the cross. Forgive us and help us to live as followers of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

Private Confession

Words of Encouragement

Be glad and rejoice with all your heart. The Lord has taken away your punishment. The Lord your God is with you, he is might to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. - Zephaniah 3:17

Announcements & Prayers of the People

Offering & Special Music

Scripture - John 4:1-42

Sermon - Quenching the Thirst

Song of Reflection

Give Us Clean Hands

We bow our hearts, we bend our knees;

Oh Spirit, come make us humble.

We turn our eyes from evil things;

Oh Lord, we cast down our idols.

Chorus: Give us clean hands, give us pure hearts;

Let us not lift our souls to another.

And oh God, let us be a generation that seeks,

That seeks Your face, oh god of Jacob;

And oh God, let us be a generation that seeks,

That seeks Your face, oh God of Jacob.

We bow our hearts, we bend our knees;

Oh Spirit, come make us humble.

We turn our eyes from evil things;

Oh lord, we cast down our idols. Chorus

Give us clean hands, give us pure hearts;

Let us not lift our souls to another.

Give us clean hands, give us pure hearts;

Let us not lift our souls to another.


Parting Song of Praise

There is a Redeemer

There is a Redeemer, Jesus God's own Son.

Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, Holy One.

Chorus: Thank You, O my Father for giving us Your Son,

and leaving Your Spirit 'til Your work on earth is done.

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