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Solas of the Reformation
November 18, 2017
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"Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out 'Abba, Father.' So you are no longer slaves, but God's children; and since you are his children, God has made you also heirs."
~ Galatians 4.6-7


     Tomorrow morning we conclude our sermon series on the solas of the Reformation. This Sunday's sola (another new one!) is solus Sanctus Spiritus - Holy Spirit alone. We will reflect on the role of the Holy Spirit in God's saving actions. I encourage you to read and reflect on Galatians 3.23 - 4.7 prior to our time together tomorrow morning.

     Next week I will be on study leave, and next Sunday (November 26), which is Christ the King Sunday, we will hear from John 5.2-24, and Rev. Tim Blackmon (ordained minister of the Word in the CRC who is currently serving as chaplain of Wheaton College) will preach "Good News for the Exhausted" via video. I encourage you to read and reflect on the passage over the coming week.

     Solus Sanctus Spiritus was not one of the solas of the Reformation five hundred years ago because the role of the Spirit wasn't the central point of conflict with the medieval Roman Catholic Church. In fact, the Catholic Church of the middle ages showed appropriate and beautiful devotion to the Spirit, as you can see below in the 13th century poem that sings the praise of the Holy Spirit below. (The poem's authorship is unknown). The poem became part of the Roman Catholic Church's liturgy for the season of Pentecost and would have likely been familiar to the Reformers themselves. You can listen to Arvo Part's 20th century choral setting of the poem here.

Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit)

Holy Spirit, Lord of light,
From the clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give.

Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come with treasures which endure;
Come, thou light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul's delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.

Thou in toil art comfort sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill.

If thou take grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour they dew,
Wash the stains of guild away.

Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend.

Give us comfort when we die,
Give us life with thee on high,
Give us joys that never end.
Amen. Alleluia.


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Every Moment Holy Liturgies:
     A number of people have asked me about the liturgy we used at the start of the Harvest Feast last Sunday ("A Liturgy for Feasting with Friends"). The liturgy came from a newly released book called Every Moment Holy: New Liturgies for Daily Life. Many people associate liturgy with the words spoken within the walls of a church, but there's no reason at all that we can't use liturgies in our homes with family and friends and even privately, especially when they are liturgies that help us see seemingly mundane tasks and activities (everything from changing diapers to watching a sunset) as the sacred moments that they all are. The book is a wonderful resource for helping families and individuals see every moment as a holy moment lived in God's presence and received as God's gift. (The book is also beautifully printed and contains many playful woodcuts such as the one above).
     This is what the publishers say about the book: "Every Moment Holy is a book of liturgies for the ordinary events of daily life -- liturgies such as 'A Liturgy for Feasting with Friends' or 'A Liturgy for Laundering' or 'A Liturgy for the First Hearthfire of the Season.' These are ways of reminding us that our lives are shot through with sacred purpose even when, especially when, we are too busy or too caught up in our busyness to notice."
     You can learn more about the book and even download a few sample liturgies here.


Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Thanksgiving Basket Reverse Offering:
     Please bring items for donation to the Thanksgiving basket reverse offering by tomorrow (November 19th).

Ladies Bible Study:
     Ladies Bible study will be canceled on November 22 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular meetings will resume on November 29.

Matching Donation Opportunity Through World Renew for Emergency Food for Syria:
     World Renew has announced a matching gift opportunity to provide emergency food for victims of the Syrian war with one of World Renew's partner organizations, One Day's Wages. The deadline for the matching opportunity is November 28. Please see here for more information.

Praying Together:
     You are invited to join together with your brothers and sisters in Christ for prayer prior to the service each week upstairs. Luci Huizinga and Becky Stocum are helping to organize this time of prayer for our congregation, our neighborhood, and our world. You are encouraged to join them near the upstairs kitchen at 9:00 on Sundays.

Faith Formation/Education Opportunity:
     We will resume our faith formation class this Sunday: “The ‘R’ in CRC: What Does It Mean to Be Reformed?”


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~ Valley Church ~
Gathered as God's family, we are sent into the world as agents of God's mission of renewal.


This Sunday:

Prayer gathering upstairs at 9:00 a.m.

High School youth gather at 9:15 a.m.

Worship Service
at 10:00 a.m. (preschool - 4th grade dismissed for children's church part way through the service).

Faith Formation class following the service.


That we might better pray for one another and God's world:

     We give thanks for the large group of youth and volunteers who attended the Reverb event Friday night/Saturday morning, and pray that the fellowship and faith formation they experienced would indeed reverberate in their lives (and that they would recover from a sleepless night!).
     We pray for peace for Annette, Jake, Nick, Hunter, and Robyn and their extended family as they mourn the death of their grandfather.
     We pray for continued healing and recovery for Rod Whitacre and Marilyn Myers after their surgeries.
     We pray for healing and relief from pain and discomfort for Beth Blake, who has been struggling with back issues and sciatica.
     We pray for peace and wisdom for Doug and Pat, Brian and Crystal, and Jim and Barbie Aukema following the sale of their dairy herd as they discern and navigate this new season in life.
     We give thanks for the healing Sue Brown has experienced and the grace Sue and Tim have experienced over the past weeks and pray for continued healing and ongoing strength and grace for the days ahead.
     We pray for continued healing for Peter DeYoung, Claire Krempel, and Ron Crawford.
     We continue to pray for our world: for the family and friends of those killed in recent mass murders; for those who have been impacted by recent disasters, especially the people of Puerto Rico, Houston, Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico City, East Africa, and South Asia.

     We pray for the ongoing needs of friends and family of Valley members: for healing for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law, Tim, as he recovers from surgery to amputate his leg, and for peace and strength for Tim's wife Karen; for the Dollers' niece who is recovering from bacterial meningitis; for Keirsten's friend's mother, Mrs. Gunderson, who is battling pancreatic cancer; for Garry's friend's sister-in-law who was also diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; for the de Jager's friend, Bill, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer; for Lor's neighbor who continues her cancer treatments; for Becky's niece who has fluid on her brain; for Becky's friend Joe who is battling colon cancer; for Adam Derzanovich; for Lynda Huizinga's niece Alexis; for Alistair Krempel; for Mike Corgan's nephew who is battling heroin addiction.


Sunday Morning Ministries for
November 19, 2017

Greeter: Frank & Barb Lockwood

Ushers: Joe Patak and George de Jager

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader (Galatians 3.23 - 4.7): Leslie Vermaat

Nursery: Melanie Nelson
Church Telephone: 607.648.8224
Church email: valleychurchny@gmail.com.
Church website: valleychurchny.org



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