Good morning! This page is intended to both serve as a continuing worship option for those participating in our worship service from home, and to serve in place of print resources during our in-person worship. Following the worship service on Sunday, one or more video recordings from the service will be placed on this page, including the sermon. This may take several hours, due to the time needed to process the videos. We will email the congregation when the recordings have been posted. If you would like to be added to our congregational email list, please contact email@example.com.
- New Schedule Coming August 7!
9:30 to 10:15 Sunday School
10:15 to 10:30 Praise Music
10:30 to 11:30 Combined Worship Service
CWS is in need of certain furniture items for the family currently being hosted. Needs are as follow:
- 4 twin beds with mattresses and linens. (If can’t be donated, Zach gave us name of a store in Harrisonburg that will help with this.)
- Dining table and 4 chairs
- Bedside tables and lamps
- Chest of drawers for each bedroom
- Towels and washcloths
- Maybe one more chair for living room
- End tables and lamps
- The Fellowship Focus Team would like to invite everyone to an Appreciation Social for Pastor Daniel on Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 9:00-10:15 during the Sunday school hour and then after the Worship Service from 11:30-12:15.
- Pastor Rebecca will be on vacation from August 1-7. If you have a need during that time, please reach out to your deacons!
- Baptisms August 14
Immediately following worship on Sunday, August 14, we will be headed to the river for baptisms. Please join the celebration at Grand Caverns Park, 5 Grand Caverns Drive, Grottoes. We will gather near the Pavilion 1, then move down to the river together. When you go across the bridge into the park, immediately turn right and find a parking spot.After the baptisms, all are invited to stay and continue the celebrations! The deacons are providing food at Pavilion 1. Please feel free to bring a camp chair along. Then spend as much time as you would like celebrating, enjoying each other and time at the park.
- Transition Team Update: Opportunities and Possibilities!
Our Transition Team met for the first time on July 20 th . Team members—Millard Driver, James
Hall, Randy Harris, Kaity Ruiz, Teri Sumey, and Carol Wilson—met with Church Board Chair, Jon
Garber, and District Executive, John Jantzi. The team discussed a variety of options for future
pastoral care. As the meeting progressed, we became more and more excited about the
opportunities that God has in store for Pleasant Valley. Please know the team is committed to
keeping the congregation informed and engaged in the process.
Our first task is to create a congregational survey to gain input from each of you about your
hopes and dreams for Pleasant Valley. Additionally, we will be reaching out to members of our
congregation who we’ve not seen in a while. In the meantime, the church board will be
responsible for filling the pulpit in the short term, while John Jantzi is looking for long-term
interim options. Based on the information we gather from the congregation, the team will
determine how to move forward in our search.
Please be in prayer for our church, the Transition Team, and the possibilities that lie ahead.
- Backpack Pals do not need any more food donations for the summer; however, we ask that you continue to donate your plastic grocery bags. Thank you!
Call to Worship
(inspired by Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6)
The Lord our God almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
the hope of salvation that hopes for us,
calls to his children.
Lead a life worthy of the calling
to which you are called!
We cannot do this alone,
we dare not try this alone,
so we gather as God’s people.
Lead a life worthy of your calling,
a life filled with blessing and thanksgiving!
We come to build up Christ’s Body,
in joy and celebration,
with patience and love.
Lead a life which reflects your calling,
that life of peace guided by the Holy Spirit!
We rejoice in the new life of Jesus;
we will share the grace offered to us!
Live a life worthy of the calling
to which you have been called.
We gather as God’s family
to sing, serve, celebrate, and honor our God!
adapted from a resource by Thom Shuman,
Lord, send your spirit among us today, to guide our lives and our worship. Even as you make the sun to rise and shine, may you shine in our hearts as well. Awaken our spirits to the greatness of your love. Give us eyes to recognize the glory of your grace in Jesus. Speak to us the word we need to hear, that your word will renew our hearts, and your love will be our own own. Renew your Kingdom among us, we pray. Amen.
-L. Bayler, adapted
Ephesians 3:14-21 NRSV
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.
Brothers and Sisters, we are gathered together this day and made holy!
Not alone, but as Christ’s Body;
Invited to serve and love together, we gather.
On this day of wonder and hope, we gather,
as those who would care for one another, we gather;
not in isolation, but in community.
On this day of prayer and praise, of silence and song,
God calls us together;
not with empty hands, or emptier hearts;
but as those baptized in mercy’s tears,
washed in the river of hope,
and born in the fountain of new life.
We are gathered today in Christ’s love.
In Prayer Together
Almighty, loving God.
You are our rock in the midst of the storm
And you are more.
You are the wind that fills the sail and carries the seed.
You are the ground that carries our feet and gives birth to the crop.
You are the waves in which creatures swim and children play.
All that we have and are come from you.
We give thanks to you today.
We thank you for the basics of life:
for food on the table
and clean water to drink;
for societies that share together;
for those who grow food
and those who teach children;
for those who build houses
and those who build justice;
for every gift that you have given
so we may share and care with others.
We do confess, O God,
that we have gotten too caught up in your gifts.
We have worshiped your blessings
and forgotten the love in which they were given.
We have listened to those who warned us
that tomorrow there would be nothing left.
We have forgotten that you are the one who provided for today.
Forgive our timid and fearful hearts.
Give us confidence to seek nothing less than the fullness of your kingdom.
Teach us to bless.
Lead us to the hungry and thirsty.
Pour your love through us.
For we believe in your coming promise.
The kingdom of heaven is right around the corner,
within reach of praying hands.
Help us to see and recognize your presence among us,
that our joy, your joy, would be made complete.
And may we continue to pray as your son taught us to pray, saying:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.
May the Love of God take us where feet alone will not.
May the Spirit of God heal where medicine cannot reach.
May the hope and joy of God reveal what heaven alone can see. Amen.