Hanover Valley Sunday Service Livestream - June 7th

Dear Friends

The events of this last week in dozens of cities across the country have added so much more complexity to our already strained culture. My heart is saddened and troubled. It's hard to even know where to begin or how to see hope and find clarity. So many perspectives and facets. It's tempting to be frustrated, fearful, or to retreat to overly simplistic attitudes that lack the proper nuance and compassion. Our world has been a mess since long ago and it motivated our Savior to get closer to us, to love us with grace and truth, and to take our pain and rebellion into himself. His people are called to that same mission but how?

I am reminded of a story about the famous author and literary critic G. K. Chesterton, who lived over the turn of the 20th century. When a newspaper published an editorial posing the question "What's wrong with the world?", Chesterton wrote back a simple letter to the editor: 

"Dear Sirs:

I am.

sincerely yours,

G. K. Chesterton"

The attitude of that letter is a poignant depiction of the gospel of Christ when it comes to understanding the problems of our culture. Each of us is culpable for the condition of our world. The gospel teaches us that I can't point the finger at others before or without pointing it at myself. The log in my eye is more damaging than the speck in others'. With that kind of humility and vulnerability, God's people can be a powerful force of peacemaking. They can compassionately explore the question of why people may do what they do, even though what is being done is shocking, The 'why" question is always more valuable than the "what". It gets more at the root and heart and motivation of our lives, where the grace of God can speak and heal and change. Yet, to get at those issues. To know why people respond as they do, why there is a pain in voices and hearts, why there are violence and objection... we must listen. 

The book of James tells us this in chapter 1, where he says, "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." Wise words I'm still having trouble following in my own house much less in a community. Listening rather than speaking or assuming. Patience rather than anger. Admitting I don't know all I need to know. Acknowledging that my ideas and actions are in need of dramatic change too. Asking for more questions. Offering compassion rather than a solution. Only the gospel can free the heart from the need to justify itself or be right. Only the gospel of grace can free me to see my brokenness and rebellion while experiencing it from the world around me. Only the grace of God can lead me to love and serve those my heart would naturally hate, like the Samaritan who cared for his racial enemy. 

I'm including a link below from a local bookstore I enjoy that highlights reading on some of this. I hope you find it useful and encouraging as we continue to pray for the power of Christ to change our world, one rebellious heart at a time... beginning with my own. 


Exciting news!

Passing along wonderful news! Noah and Sarah Trask have welcomed their first child, Norah Beth Trak into the world on June 3rd at 12:07 am. She was 8lbs 4oz and 20 inches. All are healthy and safe. Please thank the Lord with us and join us in celebrating with Noah and Sarah. 

Grateful Service 

The session and I are filled with sad and sweet thoughts as we announce the retirement of a very faithful and loving elder, Gary Harrity. Gary has been serving as an elder of Hanover Valley Church since February of 2013. Of course, he's not going anywhere. He and Bonnie will still be very active at Hanover Valley but he will be stepping away from his formalized responsibilities as an elder. He has served with patience, wisdom, and unity. And although we understand and celebrate his desire to retire on June 15th, we will still miss him in his regular capacities and partnership in shepherding the church Christ has built here. We hope to honor our friend at a future service when things are less unusual and restricted, but we wanted to communicate our gratitude to Christ for his ministry, devotion, sacrifice, and leadership, as we hope you will as well. Of course 

Live Stream Worship



As I mentioned in last week's email and in the live stream service, we continue to desire to offer

a safe and healthy atmosphere to reach out to and share the love of Christ with our community and one another.  In light of this, moving into June and beyond, we would like to offer a number of options for families to take advantage of as they wish: 1. We will continue to offer the weekly live stream worship service at 10 am Sundays and would encourage anyone to remain in their home and join the weekly service from there. You can find or share the link for the service here: https://m.youtube.com/user/HanoverValley 2. We are encouraging growth groups to meet in person, in homes or outdoors (as they may feel comfortable or desire). Also, that groups might gather in homes to worship with the live stream on Sundays together as that may desire. Locations and times and details will be developed by each group. 3. Our youth group has begun meeting at the church building and on a regular schedule that our youth director, Noah Trask, will communicate to families.  4. On June 21st and beyond, the church building will be open to our surrounding neighbors and anyone desiring and able to worship there during the live stream service. Of course, anyone doing so will need to wear a protective mask and practice social distancing by living units while in the building and then leave promptly when the service concludes. We will not be providing childcare, Sunday school or refreshments of any kind.  Obviously, these adjustments will require us all to be patient and loving, bearing each other's loads and thus displaying the grace of Christ. We wish to make options available for folks who may not have any other options for worship and who may desire to gather in some fashion. We encourage everyone to be safe. We desire no one to feel pressured to venture beyond their own conscience or comfort zones. There are still many who are at high risk or living with folks at high risk. We don't want anyone exposed to harm or unease.

We urge everyone to continue to reach out to each other with encouragement, hopefulness and service, as we attempt to stay connected during this troubling time. Please share any needs or prayer concerns with the session and me and each other. Pass along needs and we will be happy to help. 

We love you all and we continue to pray for you day by day that hope of Christ will fill your hearts with confidence to know the his love and plans for us are not to harm us but to prosper us and give us hope and a future.


Drew Derreth


June 7th, 2020


Call to Worship

Gathering Song

Arise My Soul Arise

Arise, my soul, arise. Shake off your guilty fears

The bleeding sacrifice on my behalf appears

Before the throne my surety stands

Before the throne my surety stands

My name is written on His hands

Chorus: Arise (arise) arise (arise)

Arise, arise my soul arise

Arise (arise) arise (arise)

Arise, arise my soul arise

Shake off your guilty fears and rise

He ever lives above for me to intercede

His all-redeeming love, His precious blood to plead

His blood atoned for every race

His blood atoned for every race

And sprinkles now the throne of grace Chorus

My God is reconciled, His pardoning voice I hear

He owns me for His child, I can no longer fear

With confidence, I now draw nigh

With confidence, I now draw nigh

And “Father, Abba, Father” cry Chorus

Corporate Prayer of Confession

There are many times we think we love you well, O God. But upon hearing your call to love you with all our heart, and all our mind, and all our strength, we confess that our love for you is a diluted love, made flat by lesser loyalties and a divided heart. Our love seems pure only for brief moments; soon our affections are drawn away. How easily our devotion dies. Forgive us; in deep mercy spare us, despite our lost first love for you; in grace rekindle our love for you in seeing anew Jesus’ love for us. In His name we pray, Amen.

Private Confession

Words of Encouragement

God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:4-7

Announcements & Prayers of the People

Offering & Special Music


Hebrews 13 : 17-25

Sermon - Benediction

Song of Reflection


My hope is built on nothing less,

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name. (Repeat)

Chorus: Christ alone. Cornerstone.

Weak made strong in the Savior’s love.

Through the storm, He is Lord. Lord of all.

When darkness seems to hide His face,

I rest on His unchanging grace.

In every high and stormy gale,

My anchor holds within the veil.

My anchor holds within the veil! Chorus

When He shall come with trumpet sound,

Oh may I then in Him be found.

Dressed in His righteousness alone,

Faultless to stand before the throne. Chorus


Parting Song of Praise

Cornerstone (Chorus)

Christ alone. Cornerstone.

Weak made strong in the Savior’s love.

Through the storm, He is Lord. Lord of all.

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