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Get your Shirts for Homecoming 2020

 

We hope you have saved the date for our 125th homecoming – Saturday and Sunday, August 29 & 30, 2020. 

 

We will be monitoring the COVID19 situation, and if plans need to be postponed or modified, we will send an email, post it on our website, and update our Facebook page.

 

 

Meanwhile, we are going ahead with the shirt order. T-shirts, polo shirts and sweatshirts can be ordered starting now thru June 1 using the link below. The shirts feature our 125th  Anniversary logo and are available in a variety of sizes and colors. Shipping is $5.00 per order, (save shipping costs by combining orders with family and friends).  Many thanks to Kathy Carroll for setting up the order.  They don’t have a “date” on them, so they can be worn and enjoyed no matter when we gather, and for years to come!

https://www.customink.com/g/aps0-00c6-hmrp

 

Holy Week Worship Services

 

 

Even though we are not together in person, it is good to “gather” in worship from wherever we are, and reflect on this most holy journey to the empty tomb.

Love Feast – Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 PM  (YouTube)
Go to www.VirtualLoveFeast.com, and click on the “YouTube” button. The first voices you hear will be familiar to you – Pastor Angela, Lucas, and Eric open the evening with a reading from the Gospel of John. You’ll hear them again later in the service, along with many other voices you may recognize: Tim and Audrey Hollenburg-Duffy; Mandy North; Matt Rittle; Richard Wehrle; Bill Scheurer from On Earth Peace; Steve Schweitzer, Dan Ulrich, and Denise Kettering-Lane, all from Bethany Seminary; and many more.

This time of worship features familiar Scripture, hymns, and invitations to confession and communion.

We would like to invite you to partake in communion in your home. Please have your bread or cracker and cup of liquid ready.

At the 38 minute mark, you’ll hear the Scripture for Communion and a Prayer by Pastor Matt Rittle.

Please pause the service on your computer to share these words of communion – knowing we are all sharing together.

This bread, which we bless, is the
communion of the body of Christ.
[eat with grateful hearts]

This cup, which we bless, is the
communion of the blood of Christ.
[drink with grateful hearts]

Please press play to continue the service as we worship together.

Good Friday Service – Friday, April 10 at 7:30 PM (YouTube)

This brief service is being offered by members of our congregation.  Go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQciNsGk2y-ELiRTIXJe1Hw

and select “Good Friday”.  Feel free to light your own candle, and then extinguish it as Suzie plays the haunting spiritual “Were you there?”

Feel free to share these links with your friends.  We will see you Sunday morning at 11 AM on the church Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Nokesvillecob/ – for a joyous Easter celebration.

 

Invitation to Virtual Love Feast

 

 

This Thursday, April 9, at 7:00 PM, we will be gathering around our computers to share in Virtual Love Feast.  The other Northern Virginia churches will be gathering at the same time, so our fellowship is deep and wide.

Go to www.VirtualLoveFeast.com, and click on the “YouTube” button.  The first voices you hear will be familiar to you – Pastor Angela, Lucas, and Eric open the evening with a reading from the Gospel of John.  You’ll hear them again later in the service, along with many other voices you may recognize:  Tim and Audrey Hollenburg-Duffy; Mandy North; Matt Rittle; Richard Wehrle; Bill Scheurer from On Earth Peace; Steve Schweitzer, Dan Ulrich, and Denise Kettering-Lane, all from Bethany Seminary; and many more.

This time of worship features familiar Scripture, hymns, and invitations to confession and communion.

We would like to invite you to partake in communion in your home.  If you are local-ish, please contact Pastor Angela if you’d like to participate by Tuesday evening.  On Wednesday, she will bring you a “communion packet” and set it outside your door – with a wave and a smile!

Prior to the start of the service, you’ll need to fill your cup with the liquid of your choice, but the cups and bread will be provided, along with instructions.

If you are not local, and would still like to participate, please prepare a drink and cracker of some sort.

At the 38 minute mark, you’ll hear the Scripture for Communion and a Prayer.
Please pause the service on your computer to share these words of communion – knowing we are all sharing together.

This bread, which we bless, is the
communion of the body of Christ.
[eat with grateful hearts]

This cup, which we bless, is the
communion of the blood of Christ.
[drink with grateful hearts]
 

Please press play to continue the service as we worship together.

Thought for the Day

 

~~Today’s thought comes from Stacy Bowser~~

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

During difficult times, heroes emerge among the masses that prove there is still goodness in this world. News outlets and social media shine a spotlight on those working on the frontline – whether it be firefighters and police officers during 9/11, construction workers and FEMA after a hurricane, or medical staff during our current Covid-19 pandemic. It is easy to pinpoint who the heroes are and it is just as easy to feel useless when we are told to stay home and not do anything at all.

This reminds me of a character from Harry Potter: Harry’s godfather Sirius Black. If you are not familiar with the story (some spoilers ahead), Sirius is a criminal who serves several years in prison, escapes, and eventually is found innocent by Harry Potter and a small group of wizards. However, to the rest of the world, he remains at large and he is forced to go into hiding. When terrible things begin to happen in the wizarding world and his peers actively fight against the darkness, Sirius is instructed to stay home, hunker down, and watch everyone else make a difference. He feels completely useless.

But out of everyone that Harry Potter knows, Sirius is the one person who Harry wants to speak to the most. His presence and listening ear is the one thing that Harry needs when he is at his worst. Sirius’s commitment to staying home and being there for him means far more than catching dark wizards or going on secret missions.

Right now, it is easy to feel useless like Sirius. What can we do to make these times a little brighter? The answer: It is the little things we can do: Call a friend or family member, write some emails or send positive messages, send photos of teacup pigs – reach out to someone who may be feeling blue. Every small gesture and every tiny act of kindness can be a miracle to someone. Even if the media never covers the happiness generated by these acts, and even if only one person smiles by your thoughtfulness, know that you can be a hero in your own way.

Stacy Bowser

~~If you would like to share a thought, please send it to Pastor Angela.  What a wonderful way to minister to one another.

Hymns for Sunday March 22nd, 2020

We will still worship together in song.  Here are the lyrics for the hymns for this Sunday.  If you don’t usually sing at church because you don’t want anyone to hear you…this is your chance.  Make a joyful noise until the Lord!

 

Hymn #6                         “Here in this Place”

Verse 1

Here in this place, new light is streaming,
Now is the darkness vanished away.
See, in this space, our fears and our dreamings,
Brought here to you in the light of this day.
Gather us in the lost and forsaken,
Gather us in the blind and the lame.
Call to us now, and we shall awaken,
We shall arise at the sound of our name.

Verse 2

We are the young our lives are a mystery,
We are the old who yearn for your face.
We have been sung throughout all of history,
Called to be light to the whole human race.
Gather us in the rich and the haughty,
Gather us in the proud and the strong.
Give us a heart so meek and so lowly,
Give us the courage to enter the song.

Verse 3

Here we will take the wine and the water,
Here we will take the bread of new birth.
Here you shall call your sons and your daughters,
Call us anew to be salt for the earth.
Give us to drink the wine of compassion,
Give us to eat the bread that is you.
Nourish us well, and teach us to fashion
Lives that are holy and hearts that are true.

Verse 4

Not in the dark of buildings confining,
Not in some heaven, light years away,
But here in this place, the new light is shining;
Now is the Kingdom, now is the day.
Gather us in and hold us forever,
Gather us in and make us your own.
Gather us in all peoples together,
Fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

Text: Marty Haugen, 1981, Gather, 1988
Music: Marty Haugen, 1981, Gather, 1988
Text and Music copyright @1982 G.I.A Publications, Inc.
CCLI# 311114

 

 

Hymn #567                             “How Firm a Foundation”

Verse 1

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

Verse 2

“Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed;
for I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

Verse 3

“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

Verse 4

“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
my grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

Verse 5

“The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”

Text: “K” in Rippon’s Selection of Hymns, 1787
Music: American folk melody, Genuine Church Music, 1832
CCLI# 311114

 

 

Hymn #580                             “My Life Flows On”

Verse 1

My life flows on in endless song;
above earth’s lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far off hymn
that hails a new creation.

Refrain:

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

Verse 2

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]

Verse 3

What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth. [Refrain]

Verse 4

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]

Text: Robert Lowery, Bright Jewels for the Sunday School, 1869, alt.
Music: Robert Lowery, Bright Jewels for the Sunday School, 1869, refrain alt.
CCLI #311114