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Sunday Worship

In-person Worship Services are currently not taking place – see note below about Facebook Live and a link to the bulletin.

Sunday worship service is at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School available with childcare
17560 Chillicothe Road
Chagrin Falls, OH  44023
phone:  440-543-1071
email:  info@valleypresbychurch.org
Office hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


 

Sign up for Valley’s Virtual VBS!

(click the link below)

Who is my Neighbor?

 

The link to the Virtual VBS “Who Is My Neighbor?” is below:
Virtual VBS Link


August 14, 2020

To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. (Proverbs 21:3)

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

When you read from the Old Testament, you discover that it is filled with stories of sacrifices – the burning of grains and animals of all different kinds; often told in excruciating detail.  And yet, in several places, such as this one from Proverbs, the ancient writers affirm that sacrifices, while they may have played a large role in the religious practices of the day, were not central.  What mattered more – and what matters more – is the way that we treat one another through acts of kindness, mercy, fairness, and love.

And so, each time we worship God – whether in groups or alone, in-person or socially distanced – we must remember that our religious practices and traditions are supposed to encourage, inspire, and point us to do righteousness and justice.  This might mean sharing our resources with those who are hungry or thirsty; giving our attention to people who are hurting or lonely; working for educational opportunities, racial equality, or environmental justice.

During this seemingly endless pandemic – when so many of our preferred and habitual practices have been altered or shut down – it is important to remember that, as God’s people in the community of faith, we continue to be called to do righteousness and justice.  Granted, this may need to happen in different ways: maybe not face-to-face, possibly with fewer or at least different companions, probably in venues that are scary and uncomfortable.  But, we cannot pretend that there is no injustice to be faced; that there is not unrighteousness to be addressed.

As I mentioned during last Sunday’s worship service, our denomination has designated August 24-30 as a Week of Action with daily suggestions of ways to take part individually or collectively in this justice and righteousness effort.  If you would like to see what it is about for yourself, click on this link: https://www.pcusa.org/weekofaction/

This Sunday, in addition to our virtual worship, we hope to gather for an in-person service in our Outdoor Chapel.  This will be the final Sunday of our ten-week series on The Forgotten Books of the Bible.  The music will be led by Nancy and Don Sullivan, Sue Doughman, and Lois Urban.  As with our previous in-person gatherings, health precautions including mandatory mask-wearing will be practiced.  The forecast is calling for a chance of rain this weekend, meaning that we may have to postpone until Sunday, August 23.

Finally, schools locally and around the nation prepare and begin the fall semester – in whatever format – please keep the health and safety of students, parents, teachers and staff in your prayers.

Blessings to you all as we seek to care for one another,

Pastor John

Link to Facebook Live

Link to Prayer Request List

Link to Sermons

Link to YouTube Channel

Please click the link below for the bulletin:

August 16 Bulletin

 

August 6, 2020

 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (Philippians 4:4)

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Christian author C.S. Lewis is quoted as saying: The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God.

As a worship planner and leader, it is difficult to know what elements to include in order to create a “perfect church service”. Prayer, scripture and music; words of welcome and encouragement; opportunities for giving and receiving forgiveness; examples of faith; glimpses of hope.

Moving to virtual worship has created new challenges. How do we learn how others are doing without seeing them face-to-face? How do we remain unified in spirit and purpose when we are apart? How can we show love from a distance?

The passage above from Philippians continues: Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ. (4:5-7)

As we continue our worship – on Sunday mornings and at other times during the week – let us put our trust in God that we can experience that peace which lies beyond human explanation; the ability to rejoice in the Lord, always; and that our focus might be on God’s presence among us, beside us, in us and with us. May the Lord truly be near – for us as individuals and as the collective body of Christ.

This week, our worship gathering will, again, be virtual only. We will begin looking at Esther, the last of the five Forgotten Books of the Bible and be able to enjoy some beautiful musical selections by John Kautzman. Next Sunday, August 16, weather permitting, we will have an in-person worship service in the outdoor chapel that will, also, be livestreamed. Please join us if you are able.

Blessings for health and safety to all y’all,

Pastor John

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Virtual Vacation Bible School –
“Who Is My Neighbor?”
Stories and lessons from Valley members and friends

Please pass this along to others who might want to sign up at the link below:

Virtual VBS Signup Link

The link to the Virtual VBS “Who Is My Neighbor?” is below:
Virtual VBS Link

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Link to Facebook Live

Link to Prayer Request List

Link to Sermons

Link to YouTube Channel

Link to Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID:  891 004 0823

Password:  386439

Zoom Meeting Time:  11:30 a.m.

 

Please click the link below for the bulletin:

8-9-20 Service Bulletin

 



Pass-It-On Mission Store

Pass-It-On, the resale store, will be open:

Friday, August 14 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Saturday, August 15 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Six people will be allowed in the store at a time.  Masks are required while in the store.

 

Pass-It-On is a mission of and is located behind
Valley Presbyterian Church
17560 Chillicothe Road
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
440-543-1071

 

To find out more about our Pass-It-On, A Mission of Love, Store, use the following link to go to our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/passit.on.716

 

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