Shenandoah District Connection
Holy Week Edition
April 8, 2020
“I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” (Psalm 121:1, NLT).
Call to Worship
Genesis 12, Psalm 121, John 3

Come, all who need help!
Our help comes from God, the one who made heaven and earth.
Come, all who desire blessing!
Our blessing comes from God, the God of Abraham, the God of the ages.
Come, all who long for salvation!
Our salvation comes from Jesus Christ, the one sent by God to save the world.

Meditation and Prayer
I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever (Psalm 121, NLT).                 

God's reminders are definite, assuring us that in all that we walk through in this life, we're not alone.  Regardless of the battles and the threats that surround us, the Lord’s presence is our peace and our protection.  

We need these reminders today don’t we? There’s so much to feel anxious about. Even when we know God’s truth and believe that He’s in control…it can still be hard to maintain peace in our hearts and in our minds. As we look at the suffering around us and in the news, we can easily become drained and feel defeated.

Sometimes I want to close my eyes and believe that the pandemic will be over when I open them. But as a Christ-follower, I can’t close my eyes to the pain. My eyes must stay open. But, they can be lifted.  I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

He protects us from “all harm.” In other words, viruses of pandemic proportion, disease, hardship, and even death, has lost its sting. At the cross, Jesus not only secured our destiny, but He became our hiding place. Outside of Christ, there is no safe place to hide from harm, but in Christ, there is help, and there is peace. He is the anchor that will never fail. He is the faithful friend who is always there, ready to help. This is a gift of grace. This is a gift of love.

In 2 Timothy 2:1, Paul said:  Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”   How can we be strong in the grace that is in Christ? Think about it regularly so that it never ceases to amaze you.  A just and holy God embraces you, helps you, and takes care of you. Why? Because He loves you. And nothing can separate you from His love.

Let us pray: 
Heavenly Father,  Thank You for your reminder that You are always with us. Thank You that You watch over our coming and going and that You neither slumber nor sleep. Thank You for Your constant care…that You are our help and strength in the daily battles that we face. Thank You that You are our Protector and Defender. Lord, help us to live in the grace of Christ every day. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on You. For You alone are our Hope. 

In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Blessings,

Beverly Funkhouser,
Pastor Round Hill Church of the Brethren
Churches with Alternative or Online Services
Many Shenandoah District churches are streaming services online during this time of time of quarantine and social distancing. Some churches are posting on their church websites, some are broadcasting through Facebook and others are using meeting software such as Zoom . Be sure to download the application needed to view services in the format the specific church is utilizing prior to service times, where applicable.

Special Holy Week Services:

Maundy Thursday: Pleasant Hill will post a link to view service on Facebook

7 p.m. Good Friday: Antioch will stream service on their YouTube channel .
7:30 p.m. Good Friday: White Hill will have a service through Facebook live.

6:30 a.m. Easter morning: Pastor George Bowers will be streaming Sunrise service on Facebook .

7 a.m. Easter morning: Pastors Larry Aikens and Jon Prater will be streaming a joint Sunrise service. The service can be viewed live by following Larry or Jon on Facebook. It will also be posted on the YouTube channel for Pastor Jon CoB after recording.

8:30 a.m. Easter morning: Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center will post an Easter Sunrise service with footage from the sunrise over the Shenandoah Valley as seen from the Heritage Center, as well as meditation from Paul Roth entitled "From Fear to Joy." The link will be posted   here   and at   www.brethrenmennoniteheritage.org .

11:10 a.m. Easter Sunday Parking Lot Worship at Smith Creek.

The following congregations have online access to services:
Antioch  | 8:30 a.m. Sundays | Bible Study
Barren Ridge  | 11 a.m. Sundays | Bible Study
Beaver Creek  | 11 a.m. Sundays
Blue Ridge Chapel | 10:30 a.m. Sundays (check weekly for link) | Bible Study
Bridgewater | 11 a.m. Sundays
Briery Branch | Noon Sundays
Calvary  DVDs will be made available for members upon request.
Cedar Run | 11 a.m. Sundays
Community Mission | 10 a.m. Sundays Drive-in Worship Service by PA system.
Fairview Endless Caverns | 11 a.m. Sundays
Forest Chapel  | 10:50 Sundays; Bible Study | 7 p.m. Thursdays
Harrisonburg First  | 10:30 a.m. Sundays or on  Facebook
Leake’s Chapel  | 10 a.m. Sundays and on  Facebook
Madison | 11 a.m. Sundays on Zoom. Contact Pastor Ed Morris for the Zoom meeting number to enter the worship service
Middle River | 6 p.m. Sundays
Mill Creek   | 10 a.m. on Sundays
Mountain Grove Fulks Run | 11 a.m. Sundays; remain in cars for the service and hear message via PA system.
Mt Olivet | on YouTube.com
Mt Zion-Linville  | 9:45 a.m. Sundays
Oak Hill | 11 a.m. Sundays
Pleasant View-Mt. Jackson  |Daily posts on Facebook | Bible Study on Zoom      
Salem | 11 a.m. Sundays (Contact the church for the Facebook link)
Staunton  and or on  website
Stone  | 10:45 a.m. Sundays
Summit  and on  Facebook
Valley Pike | 11 a.m. Sundays and on Facebook
Wakemans Grove  | 11 a.m. Sundays
White Hill  | 10:45 a.m. Sundays

These are the congregations who have submitted information thus far. If your congregation wishes to be included, e-mail your info to John Jantzi at the District Office at  johnjantzi@shencob.org .
If you have questions about the Daily Connection, contact:
Director of Communications
Shenandoah District Church of the Brethren
P.O. Box 67
Weyers Cave, Va. 24486
(540) 234-8555
www.shencob.org

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