Hanover Valley Sunday Service Livestream - May 10th

Dear Friends,

I trust everyone is well despite our current circumstances. Enjoying the opportunities, while lingering patiently and waiting for life to return to a closer sense of normal. Waiting has always been a problem for humans, We like things immediately. Waiting is hard and feels unrelenting, unresolved and like something must be wrong. It goes against our senses and puts us in a position of weakness and vulnerability. Unresolved pain, grief, loneliness, injustice, loss and uncertainty are all places where waiting is necessary, yet unwanted and the heart cries out for resolution. It aches for things to be made right and for the inconsolable to be answered. 

When answers are not evident, when justice seems lost, when loss is irreplaceable the gospel provides a mostly misunderstood and neglected process called Lament. More than a third of the Psalms are dedicated to this pursuit. Lament is the language of hurting people, who are bold not to remain silent but to pray their feelings. Crying out in pain, complaining, expressing anger, unbelief or expectation to the God they feel has left them behind or forgotten, but whose chest is broad enough to handle the pounding, while embracing and languishing with them. 

The Psalms of lament contain the vocabulary of the inconsolable, the lost, and the perplexed. They give voice to the groaning of the soul and validates the uncomfortable emotions we are often too afraid to admit but that the Lord knows and wants to hear from us in times of uncertain suffering. He welcomes us and holds us while offering the opportunity to move from "How long oh Lord will you forget" to "I trust in your steadfast love and my heart will rejoice". Learning and lingering here is not natural or easy at first but can soften the hardness of a cold and rigid experience. Start your exploration with Psalms 10, 13, 22, 42, 43, 77, 102. I've also attached a link to an additional read if you'd like. https://time.com/5808495/coronavirus-christianity/

Live Streaming 

You will remember that we are offering only a live stream worship service each week during the month of May, while all other services and events are canceled. We are continuing to assess the health and safety climate of our community as we look toward the hope of returning to face to face gatherings. Many events are still being cancelled or postponed with the region: Codorus Blast is canceled for this year and the Dutch festival is postponed until September 26. Within our own ministry we are diligently planning for Kids Fest this year but watching the horizon to determine if we might need to adjust. Please be praying for Noah and his department heads as they guide us forward. Growth groups and leadership meetings and training are continuing in online formats. I am also able to continue and offer counseling during the quarantine. We hope you are finding a place to connect and enjoy the company and smiles of others. Let us know of needs and encouragements. We are happy to help as needed and pass along good news. Please continue to join us from wherever you are Each Sunday at 10 am. The link is below:

Live stream link: https://m.youtube.com/user/HanoverValley

Bulletin Download


Someone asked me last week if they could send a check to the church to help alleviate the deficit we are experiencing and what address should they use. In light of that question, it occurred to me that others may not know the ways gifts can be given toward the ministry of the church as we care for the community. The following are available but if you need assistance please contact us:

  • Mail a check to us at 133 Carlisle St Hanover, PA 17331

  • Online giving using giving on our website

  • From your checking account using the online Bill Pay option.

  • Use Give+ application from your I-phone or Android device.

The session, Noah and I are praying for you all, contacting as often as we can and visiting where possible. Let us know of needs as they develop and reach out to your family, neighbors and friends. 




May 10th, 2020

Call to Worship

Gathering Song

He is Exalted

He is exalted, the King is exalted on high, I will praise Him.

He is exalted, forever exalted, and I will praise His name!

He is the Lord. Forever His truth shall reign. Heaven and earth rejoice in His holy name.

He is exalted, the King is exalted on high. (Repeat from beginning)

He is exalted, the King is exalted on high.

Corporate Prayer of Confession

O eternal God and merciful Father, we humbly come into your presence, to confess our innumerable wrongs and spiritual bankruptcy. We know that your merciful arms are infinite, reaching out to hold whoever comes. And so we are encouraged, deeply moved to call for your help, because we trust in Jesus Christ, our mediator and sacrificial lamb, who takes away the sin of the world. Please, Lord, forgive us for all our sins for Christ's sake; look with compassion upon our frailty and wash us in the pure fountain of Jesus' blood. Then cover us with the robe of Christ's innocence and righteousness. And as we make a fresh start, give us new minds and eager, submissive hearts. We ask all this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Private Confession

Words of Encouragement

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

- 1 Peter 1:3-5

Announcements & Prayers of the People

Offering & Special Music


Hebrews 12


Running the Race

Song of Reflection


You are the source of life and I can't be left behind.

No one else will do. And I will take hold of You.

Chorus: Cause I need you Jesus to come to my rescue.

Oh where else can I go?

There's no other name by which I am saved,

Oh capture me with grace.

I will follow You. I will follow You.

My heart is Yours for life, I need Your hand in mine.

No one else will do. I put my trust in You. Chorus

You are the source of life and I can't be left behind.

No one else will do. And I will take hold of You.


Parting Song of Praise

Rescue (Reprise)

You are the source of life and I can't be left behind.

No one else will do. And I will take hold of You.

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