Annual Conference Worship

The Church of the Brethren meets each summer, usually in early July, to gather as one body to worship, learn, connect, and make decisions. This year, the conference was to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but was cancelled due to the current public health crisis. You may recall seeing announcements earlier this year inviting folks to participate in a virtual choir for Annual Conference.

While there will be no physical gathering or business items, there will still be a worship service and children’s service shared as a compiled video as well as a second video concert of musicians with connections to the denomination.

The Worship Ministry Team has decided that we will be using the Annual Conference worship service for our worship gathering on July 5 while Pastor Angela takes a mini-sabbatical to rest, reflect, and delve into a conference being offered online (she’s super excited – ask her about it!).

The Annual Conference Office will actually release the worship service on July 1, so be mindful that you don’t jump the gun if you see/hear something about it but want to have worship that Sunday be a first viewing. The online concert will be shared on July 2 at 8:00pm at the website brethren.org/ac and will be available for watching later if that time doesn’t suit you.

We hope you will join us in worshipping, singing, and celebrating with our broader denomination through these opportunities!

 

Thank You from the Finance Team

 

We have been blessed with a congregation that never fails to provide financial support to our church and we want to make sure you know how much we appreciate your continued giving during this very strange and stressful time.  We also thought you would like to know about projects that have been completed during our time of social distancing.  The window trim and painting is done, a disability access ramp at the entrance from the parking lot has been installed, a major repair was completed on the furnace and the carpets have been cleaned.  These projects would not have been possible without you.   Thank you!

 

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.