Music Notes

A big shout out to the musicians of HVBC for all of their hard work and for sharing their musical gifts with us during the pandemic. Through crazy rehearsal schedules, learning musical parts from audio files made from my piano at home and sent via email, taping services on Friday evenings for months, singing with individual microphones as our A/V team so capably live-streamed the services, and finally learning an entire body of music for multiple Advent and Christmas services, the musicians have shown their amazing talent and dedication. THANK YOU ALL!

And now we begin a new year full of hope for a normalcy that may or may not happen. We will, of course, “Carry on and Sing, Play instruments, Livestream, and Praise God!”

Thanks be to God.

Souper Bowl of Caring

On Sunday, February 13, we will be joining with churches around our country to help hungry people through the Souper Bowl of Caring emphasis. More than 25 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group:

“Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.”

Coinciding with the day of a fairly significant football game during which many people will snack and eat more than plenty, this emphasis invites us to bring canned goods and some loose change to church to support hunger ministries and those who don’t have enough to eat. Bring canned goods into the worship service, and we will collect them as part of worship. Also, there will be children & youth at the doors at the end of the service to collect money you might be willing to donate. All food and money collected will go to support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. You can also write a check for this event. Please denote that this is for the Souper Bowl of Caring.
Also, if you have a wagon that we could use on February 13, please let Robin know.

COVID 19 Updates as of December 31, 2021

I wanted to write a quick note here about the next three Sundays—January 2, 9, and 16. Due to the rise of the Omicron variant and the increased travel that has happened over the last two weeks, the Regathering Team and I felt it best to go virtual for the next few weeks. That means that we will livestream our 11:00 am worship services on our church’s website January 2, 9, and 16. Sunday School classes will not meet at the church. Your Sunday School teachers will be in touch with you about what Sunday School will look like for these three weeks.

We felt we ought to do this as a proactive step to make sure that we do not unintentionally spread Covid within our congregation. Many of us have traveled and been around groups of people we’re not normally around very much. We hope that no one in our congregation has picked up Covid. We hope that we can come back to in-person services on the 23rd with no problems. But we think it is best, in the interest of safety, to take some time for folks to stay home, see if they show symptoms, and, if they do, get the treatment they need.

Again, I’m hoping to see all of you in person on January 23rd! Until then, remember that a church is not a building—it’s a group of people coming together to worship God.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Ben

The Prophets Sing

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His host!
Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you shining stars!
Praise Him, you highest heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the Name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
He established them forever and ever;
He fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.
Let them praise the Name of the Lord, for His Name alone is exalted;
His glory is above earth and heaven.Psalm 148:1-6, 13

The Prophets Sing – Rev. Benjamin Wines

We hope you will join us for Worship today, either in-person or via live-stream, starting at 10:45AM. We will be reading from Luke 2:21-38.

Arise, Your Light Is Coming

“Arise, Your Light Is Coming” – Rev Benjamin Wines

See, I am sending My messenger to prepare the way before Me,
And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple.
The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—
Indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of Hosts.
But who can endure the day of his coming,
And who can stand when he appears?
For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap;
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver,
And he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver,
Until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.
Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord
As in the days of old and as in former years. Malachi 3:1-4

We will be reading from Luke 1:67-80.

Today’s Ensemble is Michelle Hunt, Mike Dossett, Anne Pokorny, Mike Bunch, John Myers & Leigh Bigger. Thank you for sharing your talents with us today.

The Joy of the Season

The Joy of the Season – Rev. Benjamin Wines

Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord;
Praise the Name of the Lord.
Blessed be the Name of the Lord
From this time on and forevermore.
Who is like the Lord our God, Who is seated on high,
Who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust,
And lifts the needy from the ash heap,
To make them sit with princes, with the princes of His people.
He gives the barren woman a home,
Making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord! – from Psalm 113

Luke 1:39-56

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

We invite you to join us today in Worship. We will be reading from Luke 1:39-56. Our Call to Worship comes from Psalm 113.

Today’s Ensemble is Anne Pokorny, Mike Bunch, Brenda Doyle, John Myers, Mike Dossett, Michelle Hunt, Julie Stoops & Leigh Bigger. A big thank you to all of the above for sharing their gifts of music with us this morning.

Peaceful Faith

Peaceful Faith – Rev. Benjamin Wines

I will sing of Your steadfast love, O Lord, forever;
With my mouth I will proclaim Your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that Your steadfast love is established forever;
Your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to my servant David:
‘I will establish your descendants forever,
And build your throne for all generations.’
My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him;
People: And in My Name his horn shall be exalted.” – from Psalm 89

We invite you to join us in Worship today. We will be reading from Luke 1:26-38. Today’s message, “Peaceful Faith”, is brought to us by Rev. Benjamin Wines. Our Ensemble is Anne Pokorny, Mike Bunch, Brenda Doyle, John Myers, Mike Dossett & Mary Summerlin. We are grateful that you have shared your gifts of music with us!

Worship Service will be livestreamed beginning at 10:45AM and can be accessed by clicking on the video link above.