Hanover Valley Sunday Service Livestream - May 3rd

Dear Friends,

I hope you all are well. As we all experience another week of staying home to care for those around us, I have had the pleasure, while making my own church and community connections, to run into a number of wonderful stories and moments where folks have been finding benefit and opportunity through this difficult time. We have explored in our updates how these days in quarantine can lead to sadness, unease, discouragement, fear, conflict, and depression. All these are very real issues of course and not to be ignored, but in many these days have also led to joy, rest, comfort, freedom from guilt, enthusiasm, anticipation, new pathways, and opportunity. 

I call these attitudes and experiences "surfing the wave". It's a metaphor from the beach (sorry to mention the beach). When enjoying the ocean we have two options. We can try to make or will or urge or fight the waves to take us to the shore the way we want or to the place we want to go. This option always leads to fatigue, frustration, and getting tumbled below the surface. The other option is to surf the waves. Yield to their direction, power, and process. This option leads to many things but always far more enjoyment than option 1. I'm, by nature, an option 1 guy. The surf the wave option 2 people are teaching me some pandemic lessons. Surfing the wave of staying at home with limited choices means finding the opportunities available and launching into them without regret or suspicion. I've heard tales of delight from the surfers about extra time to read, to enjoy family, to catch up, to sleep, to complete a project, to learn a hobby, volunteer in an essential service, provide meals for friends just because, write the letters you've thought of but never had time for, freedom to take stock of your heart, life and loves, time to see people and to hear them in new ways, to pause, to create, to laugh. There are good gifts to be found because the heavenly Father has promised to provide them and to energize us to discover them hidden like a treasure under the sand. Brush away the grains and particles and we can find captivating waves of life to bring value and hope and joy. It may not always seem like it but Surfs up, grab your board and let's dive in. 

Live Streaming & the month of May

I hope that you are finding some encouragement through the weekly live stream worship service since we are unable to meet face to face. If you were able to be there this past Sunday you also heard that our session has decided to continue offering only the live stream worship through the month of May. We have been keeping a close watch on our local community guidelines and health conditions. Our desire, as always, has been to work alongside our community to support efforts to care for others and lower risk during this pandemic crisis. We imagine that May could be a very transitional time as guidelines and medical realities change. We will reevaluate how to proceed for the first Sunday in June but for now, we will continue as we have been, canceling all public face to face programs and services. Please continue to join us each Sunday at 10 am for worship. Growth groups are meeting as they can through zoom and social media options. The youth group meets virtually every week on Thursday evenings. 

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The session, Noah, and I are so grateful for the many ways you are reaching out with love to each other, your neighbors, and our community. Let us know of any concerns for prayer or needs to address. We love you all and are praying for you. 


Drew Derreth


May 3rd, 2020

Call to Worship

Gathering Song

Psalm 34 (Taste and See) I sought the Lord, and He answered me

And delivered me from every fear Those who look on Him are radiant They’ll never be ashamed, they’ll never be ashamed This poor man cried and the Lord heard me And saved me from my enemies The Son of God surrounds His saints He will deliver them, He will deliver them

Chorus: Magnify the Lord with me Come exalt His name together Glorify the Lord with me Come exalt His name forever O taste and see that the Lord is good O blessed is he who hides in Him O fear the Lord, O all you saints He’ll give you everything, He’ll give you everything Chorus

Bridge: Let us bless the Lord, every day and night Never-ending praise, may our incense rise Let us bless the Lord, every day and night Never-ending

praise, may our incense rise Chorus (2x)

Corporate Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God, we come to you once again needing your forgiveness. We are conscious of many ways we have not loved you or our neighbor. We have been so selfish and self-absorbed it’s often hard to think of anything else. Our sin becomes so natural and unnoticed by us that we even lose sight of how much we need your grace. Forgive us, Father, for our blindness. Teach us, even now, to acknowledge that everything we do is contaminated by our sin and that we need to repent even of our righteousness. Save us from our pride and self-reliance. Give us your mercy and capture us with the grace of the cross, that we may remember your love for us and live lives of humility, hope, and service. For we ask this in the name and based on the merits, of your Son, our Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Private Confession

Words of Encouragement

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 4:9-11

Announcements & Prayers of the People

Offering & Special Music

Scripture - Hebrews 11

Sermon - Inconsolable Faith

Song of Reflection

Ever Be

Your love is devoted, like a ring of solid gold

Like a vow that is tested, like a covenant of old

Your love is enduring, through the winter rain

And beyond the horizon with mercy for today

Faithful you have been, and faithful you will be

You pledge yourself to me, and it’s why I sing

Chorus: Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips

Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips

Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips

Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips

You father the orphan, your kindness makes us whole

You shoulder our weakness, and your strength becomes our own

You’re making me like you, clothing me in white

Bringing beauty from ashes, for you will have your bride

Free of all her guilt, and rid of all her shame

And known by her true name, and it’s why I sing Chorus

You will be praised, you will be praised

With angels and saints we sing

Worthy are You Lord

You will be praised, You will be praised

With angels and saints we sing

Worthy are You Lord

And it’s why I sing Chorus


Parting Song of Praise

I Love You Lord

I love You, Lord, and I lift my voice,

To worship You, oh my soul, rejoice!

Take joy, my King, in what You hear,

Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.

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