Micro & Macro

“Micro & Macro”
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Rev. Benjamin Wines
Mark 1:29-39

Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God;
For he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted,
And binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
He gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
His understanding is beyond measure.
The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
He casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Make melody to our God on the lyre. from Psalm 147:1-7

We look forward to joining you in Worship this Sunday, starting at 11:00AM in the Sanctuary. You can also find our services online at the HVBC YouTube Channel. Today’s sermon is titled, “Micro & Macro”. We will be reading from Mark 1:29-39, and our Call to Worship comes from Psalm 147.

Questions for Further Reflection:
In this passage, we see Jesus’ circle of care expand several times.
How has God cared for you, specifically?
Where have you seen God at work in your community?
How can you partner with God to care for folks?

Power and Humility

“Power and Humility”
Rev. Benjamin Wines
Mark 1:21-28

Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
In the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
Studied by all who delight in them.
Full of honor and majesty is his work,
And his righteousness endures forever.
He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
The Lord is gracious and merciful.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
All his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established forever and ever,
To be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
All those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever. – from Psalm 111

We look forward to joining you in Worship this Sunday, starting at 11:00AM in the Sanctuary. You can also find our services online at the HVBC YouTube Channel. Today’s sermon is titled, “Power and Humility”. We will be reading from Mark 1:21-28, and our Call to Worship comes from Psalm 111.

Questions for Further Reflection:

Words are powerful things.

  • How does Jesus use his words in this passage?
  • What words has God spoken to you?
  • How can you use your words for the good of God’s kingdom?

“Immediately”

“Immediately”
Rev. Benjamin Wines
Mark 1:14-20

We look forward to joining you in Worship this Sunday, starting at 11:00AM in the Sanctuary. You can also find our services online at the HVBC YouTube Channel. Today’s sermon is titled, “Immediately”. We will be reading from Mark 1:14-20, and our Call to Worship comes from Psalm 62:5-12.

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
For my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress;
I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
My mighty rock, my refuge is in God.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion;
In the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.
Put no confidence in extortion, and set no vain hopes on robbery;
If riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this;
That power belongs to God,
And steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all according to their work. – from Psalm 62

Questions for Further Reflection:
The disciples in today’s passage make a decision to follow Jesus “immediately,” but remember that their story doesn’t end there.

  • What is something you can do “immediately” to step out in faith?
  • How will you sustain your faith past that immediate moment?

What Good Can Come from Nazareth?

What Good Can Come from Nazareth?
Rev. Benjamin Wines
John 1:43-51

We look forward to worshiping with you, at 11:00AM in the Sanctuary. Rev. Benjamin Wines will bring the sermon titled, “What Good Can Come from Nazareth?”. We will be reading from John 1:43-51, and our Call to Worship comes from Psalm 139.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
And lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is so high that I cannot attain it.
For it was you who formed my inward parts;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them! – from Psalm 139

Questions for Further Reflection:
This passage is all about listening to God’s call on a person’s life.

  • How does receiving a call from God change the way a person thinks?
  • How does God’s call change a person’s imagination?

Let There be Christmas

“Let There be Christmas”
A special service of music and Scripture presented to the glory of God
and in honor of the people of Hope Valley Baptist Church.

We hope you will join us for “Let There be Christmas” – A Service of Christmas Messages And Music (new day and time due to inclement weather)

Let there be MUSIC…Let there be PRAISE!
Let there be SINGING to fill every space!
Let there be CAROLS…Let there be SONG!
Let there be ANGELS to sing loud and strong.
Let there be CANDLES, gentle and bright.
Heaven has spoken, “LET THERE BE LIGHT!”
Let there be WORSHIP…Let there be CHRISTMAS tonight!

The Mind of Christ

First Sunday of Christmastide
“The Mind of Christ”
Philippians 2:5-11
Rev. Benjamin Wines

We look forward to seeing you in Worship this Sunday, the First Sunday of Christmastide! We will be reading from Philippians 2:5-11. Pastor Ben’s message is titled, “The Mind of Christ”.

“From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” (Celebrating Grace, #128)
Leader: From heaven above to earth I come
People: To bring good news to every home;
Leader: Glad tidings of great joy I bring,
People: Of which I now will say and sing.
Leader: “To you this night is born a Child of Mary,
People: Chosen mother mild;
Leader: This little Child of lowly birth
People: Shall be the joy of all the earth.”
Leader: Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
People: Make now a bed, soft, undefiled
Leader: Within my heart, a quiet place,
People: A holy chamber for Your grace.
Leader: All glory be to God in heaven,
People: Who unto us His Son has given.
Leader: While angels sing with tender mirth,
People: A glad new year to all the earth.

Questions for Further Reflection:
Some scholars think Paul is quoting an ancient Christian hymn here.
What things did the hymn writer want folks to know about Jesus?
If you were to write a hymn about Jesus, what would you want to sing about?

Christmas Eve Service 2023

Christmas Eve Service 2023
“God’s Son”
John 1:1-14
Rev. Benjamin Wines

Lighting the Christ Candle
Leader: Tonight is the night!
People: It’s finally here!
Leader: Tonight is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.
People: It’s been a long time coming.
Leader: The prophets sang and spoke of his coming.
People: They cast a vision of God’s glorious kingdom.
Leader: They saw a day when the sick would be healed.
People: A day when those who had been bent down would rise.
Leader: Jesus Christ, the light of the world has come.
People: He has illuminated the world once again.
Leader: May all God’s people rejoice!
People: May all God’s creation cry out!
Leader: May this light shine in our hearts forever.
People: May we carry this light to our neighbors.

May God bless each and every one
of you with a joyous and very
Merry Christmas!!!

The Men After God’s Own Heart

Fourth Sunday of Advent
The Men After God’s Own Heart
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-29
Rev. Benjamin Wines

We look forward to seeing you in Worship this Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent! Today we light the Candle of Love. We will be reading from

We look forward to seeing you in Worship this Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent! Today we light the Candle of Love. We will be reading from Psalm 89:1-4, 19-29. Pastor Ben’s message is titled, “The Men After God’s Own Heart“.


Lighting the Candle of Love
Leader: We know the love of God is great,
People: Greater than anything we could imagine.
Leader: It spans continents,
People: It perseveres through eternity.
Leader: But two thousand years ago,
People: Everything changed.
Leader: God took on flesh.
People: God came to walk among the people.
Leader: And so we know God loves us,
People: Because God came and lived among us.
Leader: May we feel the love of Christ this Advent.
People: May we make his love known to others.

God’s Promise

Third Sunday of Advent
“God’s Promise”
Luke 1:46-55
Rev. Benjamin Wines

We look forward to seeing you in Worship this Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent! Today we light the Candle of Joy. We will be reading from Luke 1:46-55. Pastor Ben’s message is titled, “God’s Promise”.

Lighting the Candle of Peace
Leader: During this season of Advent,
People: We await the coming of our Savior.
Leader: We feel the abundant joy of the season,
People: Our cups run over!
Leader: For though we have wandered in darkness,
People: We know a great light is coming.
Leader: We remember God’s promises,
People: That through Christ we are saved.
Leader: We know that God walks among us,
People: And that makes our joy complete.
Leader: May the joy of Christ’s birth abide in us,
People: May we share that joy with all we meet.

Questions for Further Reflection:
Mary recognizes the wonderful things God has promised to her people.
What makes those promises so joyful?
What makes her faith so compelling?

Kiss of Peace (Second Sunday of Advent)

Second Sunday of Advent
Hanging of the Greens Service
“Kiss of Peace”
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
Rev. Benjamin Wines

We look forward to sharing in Worship with you on this Sunday, the Second of Advent. We will be reading from Psalm 85:1-2, 8-12. Today, Pastor Benjamin Wines brings the sermon titled, “Kiss of Peace”.

It Came upon the Midnight Clear

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, good will to men,”
From heaven’s all gracious King.
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the angels sing.
Yet with the woes of sin and strife,
People: The world has suffered long,
Leader: Beneath the angel strain have rolled,
People: Two thousand years of wrong;
Leader: And man, at war with man, hears not,
People: The love song which they bring:
Leader: O hush the noise, ye men of strife,
And hear the angels sing!

Questions for Further Reflection:

This is the Sunday of Peace. We often think of peace as the absence of conflict.

  • How does Jesus’s birth create a better definition of peace?
  • How can we work for a more positive peace in our daily lives?