Faith in Practice

Psalm 51:1
Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.

How do you approach God?   Do you expect God to be angry, to be annoyed,  apathetic?  Or do you expect God to be happy, to be compassionate to you, to be loving?   No matter who we approach we have expectations of how they will respond.  For friends or family we expect them to respond with kindness and understanding.  With cashiers, or mechanics, or doctors, we expect that they will treat us respectfully as they do their job.  But with God sometimes we expect the worst, when God wants to offer us so much more.  King David is said to have written this Psalm 51 in repentance after being called out for committing adultery and murder.   And yet, he still approaches God with an expectation of God's unfailing love and great compassion.   These things are a part of who God is.  Even when we are at our worst, sure God may want something different for us and may even be hurt,  but God is always at his best.   And at God's best he wants nothing but good for us, he loves us, he longs to show us compassion, even when we are undeserving.   Know today, that God loves you more deeply than you can imagine.   When we go to him he receives us with open arms.  

Let's practice that this week: 
Whenever you pray this week, start by naming the goodness, the love, the compassion of God.  Remember that God delights in you.  

Prayer Requests

We join our hearts in prayer for our world, for our church, for one another. You're invited to be in prayer for the ministry we share at Clover Hill as we continue to find new ways to reach out in God's love. 

  • Andy Moyers:  we're thanking God that Andy has improved enough to come home on Tues Feb 9.  He welcomes visitors.  But please practice COVID safety guidelines if you decide to visit. 
  • Peggy Wimer
  • Ronnie Holsinger
  • Karen Jamison (Hester Williams daughter)-  has COVID
  • Nev Sharp -friend of Vickie Davis
  • Ona Wimer 
  • Robert Riggleman -brother of Roger Riggleman in ICU in Winchester due to COVID
  • the Miller’s
  • John Raimer (NC Mission contact battling prostate cancer)
  • Sandy Rohrer
  • Hester and Chester Williams
  • Prayers for our congregation. our nation, our local community.
Members of our Church in Nursing Homes
  • Frances Morris - at White Birch Communities (847 Oakwood Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22801)
  • Lottie Ritchie - at Life Care Center (315 E Lee Hwy, New Market, VA 22844)
PRAYER GROUP MEETING 1st and 3rd THURS @ 6:30pm 

Join us in person with masks in the sanctuary or pray with us from your home.
If you have concerns you would like the prayer group to pray for in confidence text or call our prayer leaders: Roger Riggleman (540-476-3921),  Rosie Riggleman (540-271-0874), Pastor Sarah (540-209-7409)
Growing Your Faith

In a couple of weeks we will enter into the season of Lent--a time of preparation, reflection, prayer, and fasting as we get ready for Easter.  This year, instead of a typical Ash Wednesday service,  we will join with other believers from all over to kick Lent off with a time of prayer and worship in a Night with New Room. If you would like to participate but do not have internet access contact Pastor Sarah about gathering a small group at the church.   See details below for how to join this event online.   7-9pm on Wed Feb 17.

LENTEN STUDY: Unanswered Prayer 
Do you have questions about prayer?  Do you ever wonder why it sometimes seems like God's not hearing us?    During the season of Lent you're invited to join Pastor Sarah in exploring our questions, doubts, and wonderings about prayer, especially the unanswered ones. Thursdays @ 6:30pm (5 weeks from Feb 25 - Mar 25) on Zoom (over the phone or online). If you need a walkthrough of how to join the call contact Pastor Sarah! 
Join with this Zoom Link:
Dial this Number:  1-301-715-8592
When prompted enter this Meeting ID:  876 3259 8417

Drive-In Worship will resume this Sunday Feb 14th at 10:30am.

Opportunities to Serve

After worship this Sunday Feb 14,  we'll be sharing some care packages with our shut-ins.  If you'd like to help drop off goodies stay after worship.

Food has always been a way we connect with and care for others.   If you can make meals/baked goods,  just have the time to pick something up at the store, are able to deliver food, or if you want to help more behind the scenes let us know and we will get you plugged in to help us meet the needs of our church and community.

Ash Wednesday Worship:   Feb 17,  7:00-9:00pm
Ash Wednesday will be more significant this year than in a generation. In the wake of 2 million deaths from a global pandemic, a polarized political nightmare that won’t stop, and deep unrest, injustice and pain across racial lines, it is time to engage the Lord at a new level; a deeper level. It is time to take our sowing for awakening to the next place of honesty and faithfulness before the Lord. We will make camp around the ancient text from the Prophet Joel:

Even now,” declares the Lord,
“return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
Rend your heart and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

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