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CAREFULLY ADAPTING PROTOCOLS
 
Our Session spent half of our April Session meeting discussing whether our Church was ready to begin relaxing our protocols, which ones, and when.
  • The last time, we as a congregation shared with one another the Sacrament of Communion was March 1, 2020.
  • The Federal Government shut down all businesses March 15, 2020.
  • March 16, our Administrative Staff all reported for the work of our Church, setting up Zoom video conferencing for meetings, and video recording worship before the next Sunday.
  • Our first pre-recorded video of worship was March 22, 2020 and while we intend to shift to live-streaming sometime before June, we will continue to broadcast worship for those who prefer to worship at home to do so from now on.
  • Our first “virtual celebration of Communion” via the Internet was April 5, 2020.
  • July 3rd we had an outdoor Fellowship event.
  • September 13th we began Carport Coffee Hour.
  • October 11th we began in-person live worship on Sunday mornings.
Our Church has been spared having ANY super-spreader infection events.
 
What was adopted by our Session was that, because: Our Church have been self-disciplined and safe in their interactions, practicing self-discipline in care of one another; everyone over age 16 across the Nation is now eligible to be vaccinated; a large number of our membership have been vaccinated with both shots, at least two weeks ago; we are entering the months where a number of people travel from Green Valley;
That we could continue to trust one another to act wisely, with their own caution and ease some of our restrictions.
If there becomes cause, we can of necessity immediately return to our previous full protocols.
 
What we will CONTINUE TO MANDATE:
  • Wearing Masks
  • Disinfecting Hands when entering the Church building.
  • Registering for Social Tracing when necessary.
  • Encouraging practicing Social Distancing.
  • Disinfecting the Sanctuary and all rooms in the church building.
What we will DISCONTINUE (April 25th):
  • Taking Temperatures before worship.
  • Asking about person’s health circumstances that day.
  • Every-other Pew seating.
 
What we are willing to BEGIN TO PRACTICE ANEW & MONITOR:
  • Sharing the Sacrament of Communion (Starting May 2nd) in-person.
  • Non-boisterous Singing Hymns while wearing masks.
  • Indoor Coffee Hour (Starting May 2nd) for Fellowship and Coffee only, no Tables.
  • Putting the Bible in the hands of parishioners for worship.
 
  • Our Valley Galley have created a unique method for our celebration of the Sacrament of Communion, with grape juice in the recipe of gluten-free bread squares, individually wrapped and placed with bulletins at each person’s place.
 
Those with questions and concerns, please speak with Pastor Craig and Pastor Diane; or your Session members: Judy Aguayo, April Boysen, Don Brooks, Bob Campbell, Judy Christensen, Frank Coggins, Elizabeth Haynes, Tom MacFarlane, Marcia MacDonald, Jim Rusk and Rudy Sweisfurth.
 
Your Bulletin for Sunday, April 25, 2021
EASTER 4 Sunday                 April 25, 2021              The Good Shepherd
 
PRELUDE       Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us       W. Bradbury /Arr:  J Raney                                            
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP                                                      Pastor Craig          PASSING OF PEACE, POURING OF WATER & RINGING OF THE BOWL                                
CALL TO WORSHIP
Omnipotent GOD, You called from death to eternal life our Lord Jesus, the great good shepherd.  Call us now as shepherds to rescue the lost, to heal the injured, and to feed one another with understanding and knowledge; that people no longer wander from Your flock, but follow where he leads.                                                  
 
OPENING HYMN        “That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright”                      254
 
That Easter day with joy was bright; the sun shone out with fairer light.
When, to their longing eyes restored, the apostles saw their risen Lord!
 
He bade them see his hands, his side, where yet the glorious wounds abide,
The tokens true which made it plain their Lord indeed was risen again.
 
From every weapon death can wield, your own redeemed forever shield;
O Lord of all, with us abide in this our joyful Eastertide.
 
CALL TO PRAYER
Jesus said “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me. My sheep hear my voice and they follow me.”
 
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION   
GOD of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Jacob and Esau, the circumstances of our time in history shock us into submission, unnerve and scatter us. LORD, we have been as arrogant as sheep, determined to go our own way into trouble, jealous and fearful of others. We have judged one another as being black sheep or speckled. We have spoiled the clean waters that fed us, to prevent others from receiving. Generation after generation, we have sinned against You, against one another, hiding even from ourselves. Open our eyes to see and witness, that when we have hurt others we have crucified You. Whenever we were kind to others, it was a kindness to You. Move us LORD, from believing that we are center of our own universe, to awareness that we are among the sheep of this flock You lead. Amen                                                                                                                                                   
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
O come let us worship the LORD, may we bow before the LORD our maker and redeemer. For the LORD is our GOD; we are among the LORD’s people, the flock that God shepherds. I declare to you in the name of Jesus Christ: We are forgiven!
 
+GLORIA PATRI
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, Words without end.
Amen, Amen.
 
ANTHEM              The King of Love, My Shepherd Is                        Arr: H. Willan
 
PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.    
 
CHILDREN’S TIME (Live Worship Only)              
SCRIPTURE                                                                                       John 10: 1-18 
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.  The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.  He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”  Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
 
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.  All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.  I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
 
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.  The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep
 
 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.  The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
 
SERMON                                    Overwhelmed By Reality
 
+AFFIRMATION OF FAITH              The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and buried; he descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is sitteth at the right hand of God the Father almighty from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

HYMN                               This Joyful Eastertide                                               244
 
This joyful Eastertide, away with sin and sorrow!
My love the Crucified, has spring to life this morrow.
 
Refrain: 
Had Christ who once was slain, not burst his three-day prison, our faith had been in vain. But now has Christ arisen, arisen, arisen, arisen.
 
My flesh in hope shall rest and for a season slumber
Til trump from east to west shall wake the dead in number. (Refrain)
 
Death’s flood has lost its chill since Jesus crossed the river.
Lover of souls, from ill my passing soul deliver. (Refrain)
 
CALL FOR OFFERING
 
OFFERTORY         It is Well With My Soul        P.P. Blisss/Arr:  M. Hayes/M. Gaspard
 
+DOXOLOGY
 
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
 
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
 
HYMN                  Come You Faithful, Raise the Strain                                  234
 
Come, you faithful, raise the strain of triumphant gladness!
God hath brought forth Israel into joy from sadness;
loosed from Pharaoh's bitter yoke Jacob's sons and daughters;
led them with unmoistened foot through the Red Sea waters.

'Tis the spring of souls today: Christ hath burst his prison,
and from three days' sleep in death as a sun hath risen.
All the winter of our sins, long and dark, is flying
from the Light, to whom we give laud and praise undying.
 
Neither could the gates of death, nor the tomb's dark portal,
nor the watchers, nor the seal hold you as a mortal:
but today, among your own, you appear, bestowing
your deep peace, which evermore passes human knowing.
 
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
 
CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE (Live worship only)
Alleluia, alleluia, Give thanks to the risen Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia, Give praise to his name.
 
POSTLUDE                       Heavenly Sunlight                    G.H. Cook/Arr. M. Hayes
+Please stand
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Today’s Hymn Singer:        Marie Valade
 
Due to Covid-19, we must request we not sing aloud. 
    
All taped Worship Services are available for replay on our website:  valleypres.net
 
Welcome to all who view our worship services at home and to those who enter our sanctuary. Drink deeply of the living waters of God’s grace as we worship together in spirit. If you are a visitor and would like more information about our church, visit us at valleypres.net where you can sign up for our daily email blasts and monthly newsletter. You can also pick up a Welcome Packet at the Welcome Centers when you visit us in person. We are glad you have joined us today.
 
Flowers given by: Carl & Joan Dakin in memory of Glen Mundt        

Please remember those currently or recently hospitalized: Quentin Gessner
     
 
Exploring Membership Class
Saturdays, May 15 and 22, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Classroom 5
Thursday, May 27, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
 
In this extraordinary time, we offer a shortened New Member class for those of you interested in becoming a member of Valley Presbyterian Church. The class is designed to answer your questions and take you through the steps toward membership. You will meet the pastors and staff, and discover what makes this Body of Christ unique. Safely protocols will be in place.
 
Contact Pastor Diane Christopher with any questions and/or to register: pastordiane@valleypres.net, or 625-5023.
 
 
An Overview of Creeds and Confessions
Your teacher: Linda Freeman
10:00 a.m. in Classroom 5
Beginning Friday, April 23
 
Question: What do you do when you cut off the head of the “head of the church?”

In this 6-week class, Linda will answer this and other such historical questions. Originally on Zoom, this class is now in person. For each creed, confession, and catechism, the class will look at the historical and church environments from which the statement arose.  Linda writes, “I love history and theology and this class will blend the two.”

No need to register. Just come and learn how our denomination has answered the question, “What do we believe?
 
 
CALL FOR A SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING. Valley Presbyterian Church is called to a Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, May 2nd, here in the Church Sanctuary, immediately following our Worship of God, at 10:30am. The sole purpose of this special meeting is to elect an elder to be installed to replace the unexpired 2023 term of Bill Streng. The recommendation of the Nominating Committee is Jim Nelson.
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2800  S CAMINO DEL SOL
GREEN VALLEY, AZ 85622
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