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.
- Softball is starting soon so mark your calendars for May 9! There will be three practices leading up to the start. Sunday May 1 at 6pm, Wednesday May 4 at 7pm, and Sunday May 8 at 6pm. Please contact Kyle Myers with any questions.
Is there a special place in the Valley that brings you peace and clarity? As part of our mission of refugee resettlement, Isabelle Garber has started a new project, Places of Peace. She’s asking for submissions from the PVCoB community members that she will then compile into a bound book to give to the refugee family. This mission intends to serve their mental health, help them feel adjusted to the area, and help them get to know us better! If you’re interested, please write a short paragraph describing your place of peace and why it’s important to you (photos are also optional but encouraged!) Please email Isabelle Garber firstname.lastname@example.org submissions ASAP!
Backpack Pals are accepting donations of Pudding Cups and Ramen Noodles! Pudding cups are especially needed. Please leave any donations in the blue bin located in the Narthex. Thank you!
- The 22nd Annual SDDA Golf Tournament is Friday, May 20th at Heritage Oaks Golf Course! You can pick up more information in the Narthex found at the trifold display. If you have any questions, please contact Don Landes.
- MOVERS WANTED – Brian Holsopple and his wife Beverly Kiser will be moving from Harrisonburg to Staunton. They are looking for 2 to 3 strong (youthful?) backs to help load and unload packed boxes on Saturday May 14. Pay is $20 per hour per person for an estimated 8 – 10 hours (possibly less). Lunch will be provided and we can make arrangements for transportation if needed. Anyone interested contact Brian (email: email@example.com; ph: 540-290-0507) or just let the church office know.
Call to Worship
Inspired by Psalm 16
We lift our voice to the Lord,
You are our Lord!
Every good and beautiful thing is a gift from you!
The Lord is our refuge and strength!
Come! Choose to follow our God,
who seeks our salvation,
who guides us with wisdom,
who protects us from destruction,
who quenched our thirsts
and renews our souls.
We lift our praise to God.
You are our joy!
We celebrate you, our God!
In Jesus you bring salvation to the world.
Give us strength to follow him
that we may know your victory
and realize the purpose for which you have made us:
to share in your glory and peace forever.
As we gather this morning,
open your Word and illumine our darkened world,
that we may see clearly and live faithfully
by the light of your love Christ, our Lord. Amen.
-Adapted from prayers from Feasting on the Word
John 3:1-8 NRSV
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’
Though the world covers us with darkness, in Jesus we are filled with God’s light. This light produces what is good and true. Let the Holy Spirit fill and guide and overflow from within you. Walk in the light that all may see. Amen.
Adapted from the back of the bulletin cover. (c) 2020 Menomedia.
In Prayer Together
On this day I ask You to grant this request?
May I know who I am and what I am,
Every moment of every day.
May I be a catalyst for light and love,
And bring inspiration to those whose eyes I meet.
May I have the strength to stand tall in the face of conflict,
And the courage to speak my voice, even when I’m scared.
May I have the humility to follow my heart,
And the passion to live my soul’s desires.
May I seek to know the highest truth
And dismiss the gravitational pull of my lower self.
May I embrace and love the totality of myself?
My darkness as well as my light.
May I be brave enough to hear my heart?
To let it soften so that I may gracefully
Choose faith over fear.
Today is my day to surrender anything that stands
Between the sacredness of my humanity and my divinity.
May I be drenched in my Holiness
And engulfed by Your love.
May all else melt away.
And so it is.
– Debbie Ford