Change is hard. No one really likes change except for maybe the people trying to bring it. Routine is known and welcome; it's predictable and established. Change means work and adjustment and unknown and risk. There has been so much change in our world and lives in the last few months it's hard to even process it all and we all respond to change differently.
Change evokes some very powerful emotions: nostalgia & fear. We all go through some mixture of these and they cloud our ability to see clearly and hopefully. Nostalgia is a great gift of life where memories become more precious over time. Yet, this powerful gift can lead to a destructive practice of comparison. Comparing how things used to be with how things are. The glorious past always seems to taste better than the inferior present. Humanity has done this from the beginning. Even the Hebrews compared after being rescued from slavery and wanted to back to the days they were in Egypt under oppression. Rather than comparing our current changed circumstance to a romanticized version of the past gratitude for God's provision in the former days will lead us to see his hand at work in the changes of the now.
Fear and uncertainty about the future flood our minds and hearts, filling us with anxiety and hesitation that are unrealistic and unhealthy. In answer to these overpowering feelings, the lord has always called us to address our fears by living by faith in his more powerful purpose. His call to Joshua who was about to make some amazing changes, "Have I not commanded you you. Nothing will stand against you. Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, and do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Living out of faith rather than fear leads us to anticipation of what God is doing and how he is blessing and expanding our lives, not shrinking or short changing us.
Because of God's promises to renew and restore our lives and world, because he promises to use all things for the good and building up of his children, because he longs to expand the peace and prosperity of our communities, we can look at the future, and the inevitable change it brings, with anticipation and even excitement that leads us to invest our time, energy, resources, and participation in taking part in what God is doing in us and in the lives of those around us with hope.
Live Stream Worship and Cancelations
Each Sunday morning at 10am, I hope you will join the live stream worship service. The link is below and the bulletin for that service is attached. We hope you will find some encouragement by being connected from where you are. Feel free to share this link with people you know who may wish to explore the love and grace of Christ for their lives.
As you probably know, all of our services and programs are currently cancelled in light of the pandemic. The session and leadership team and i will be meeting over the next few days to determine how we will proceed through the month of June and with reference to the community guidelines and the newly designated yellow phase throughout York county beginning tomorrow, We will keep you informed as we progress safely, patiently and in partnership with our neighbors and leaders.
Please be in prayer for one another and for the session and leaders. Let us know of needs and concerns. Reach out with hope and encouragement to those around you. Explore one of the growth groups meeting weekly in homes via zoom. Contact us if you need prayer, assistance, or counsel.
We love you and we are praying for you and thank God for you day by day.
HANOVER VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN BULLETIN
May 24th, 2020
Call to Worship
The Father’s Love
How has the sinner been forgiven,
How has the rebel been made clean,
Or blinded eyes been made to see?
How have the orphans been adopted,
Who hated Your love and ran from grace,
Despised and rejected all Your ways?
Chorus: How wonderful the Father’s love,
The Father’s love for us
That He would send His only Son
To come and rescue us.
He has saved us, called us blameless,
Guides us now and will sustain us.
Oh how wonderful the Father’s love.
Your mercy floods our lives with kindness.
Your grace has colored all we see,
And You have promised not to leave.
You freely give Your Spirit to us,
So we can be sure we’re sons of God,
And rest in the hope of what’s to come.
Corporate Prayer of Confession
Sovereign God and Loving Father, with humbled and thankful hearts, we come before your throne of Grace. You alone love, provide and care for your children. Forgive us for when we put our trust anywhere but in you. Thank you for the precious gift of your Son Jesus, who has purchased our redemption, and for your Spirit, who indwells, comforts and teaches our hearts to find our hope and meaning in you alone. Help us to live out of the very mercy you continually extend to us, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Words of Encouragement
He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Announcements & Prayers of the People
Offering & Special Music
Sermon - Keep On Loving
Song of Reflection
Lead Me to the Cross
Savior I come, quiet my soul, remember
Redemption’s hill where Your blood was spilled for my ransom.
Everything I once held dear, I count it all as loss.
Chorus: Lead me to the cross where Your love poured out,
Bring me to my knees, Lord I lay me down.
Rid me of myself, I belong to You
Oh lead me, lead me to the cross.
You were as I, tempted and tried: human.
The word became flesh, bore my sin in death. Now You’re risen!
Everything I once held dear, I count it all as loss. Chorus
To Your heart, to Your heart, Lead me to Your heart,
Lead me to Your heart Chorus
Parting Song of Praise
Lord, You Are
Lord, You are more precious than silver.
Lord, You are more costly than gold.
Lord, You are more beautiful than diamonds;
And nothing I desire compares with You