Social Distancing in the New Testament

Luke 17:12-13 (NLT2), As Jesus entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, [13] crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

Here’s an example of “social distancing” of a group of people who are hurting and isolated. They call out to Jesus for mercy … and that’s exactly what Jesus gives them abundantly.

These are hard times, but we have a merciful Savior eager to help us.

Virtual Worship Service, 2020-03-29

Begin the worship service by viewing the video below. Thank you!

Welcome!

Please CHECK-IN to our service by completing the form below and clicking the “submit” button. (This is optional … if you wish to remain anonymous, that’s fine.)

Greetings from some of our folks:

Katie takes time out of her day to say “hi.”
Katie from Billy-burg brings greetings.

Call to Worship:

Revelation 5:13, And I heard every creature in heaven on on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saving, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

Opening prayer (pray this out loud if you like): “God thank You for Your Majesty and Power and Strength during times of crisis. Bless our time together with you today. Grant us the awareness of Your Spirit moving among us. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Worship Song: “Days of Elijah.”

Play the YouTube video below and feel free to sing along … God is your audience and He applauds your devotion through song!

Trivia Question

Last week’s Question: The last verse of the Bible is …

  1. A warning.
  2. A blessing.
  3. An invitation.
  4. A prophetic utterance.

The correct answer is 2, a blessing. Last week’s winner of our $10 Amazon Gift Card is … David and Beverly!

This week’s Question: Isaiah 53:7 is a prophecy about remaining silent. To whom does it apply?

  1. The silence of Peter when accused of being a follower.
  2. The silence of Judas during the betrayal.
  3. The silence of God when the skies became dark.
  4. The silence of Jesus during His trial.

Bible Number

Today’s Bible Number is not even a number … “alpha and omega”. Click the video below to hear more about this number.

Prayer

“Dear God, give us patience to wait upon You. In so many areas of our lives we are in a rush. Our National Health Emergency has slowed some of us down. That’s been hard, very hard in many cases. During these times let us lean into YOU all the more. We pray for those who have been directly impacted so far:

  • People who are sick.
  • Those caring for the sick.
  • Workers who are laid off.
  • Families stressing about finances.
  • Loved ones who can’t visit right now.
  • Businesses that are in danger of going under.
  • Government agencies which are overwhelmed.
  • Churches trying to figure out new avenues of ministry.
  • Children who are scared or confused.
  • Many others: _______________________.

The needs in our society are always great … but now they seem overwhelming. And yet, there You are, God Almighty. Show Yourself strong among us during these days. We call upon you to intervene in this worldwide pandemic and restore wholeness to people of every kindred and place.

Today won’t You give us reason for joy. Reason for laughter. Reason for hope. You’ve promised to never leave nor forsake us, and we depend upon that this hour. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Pastor Alan will be LIVE on our Facebook Page at 11:00 am. We will share your prayer requests (submitted from the check-in form above) and enjoy being together via Facebook.

Worship Song: “Build My Life.”

Sing to the Lord … He is our Audience of One.

Worship Song: “All in All.”

I love that God is always inviting people to fill His table feast.

Sermon: “The Revelation Decision” Revelation 22:6-21.

You may pause the sermon at any time to read today’s Bible passage: Revelation 22:6-21. In fact, it’s a good idea to keep your Bible handy.

Prayer Song: “I Choose Jesus” by Moriah Peters

Offering

To make an online donation please head over to our SECURE DONATION PAGE. It’s simple, safe, and easy. (This page will open in another window, after submitting your donation use your “back” button to return to this page.)

You may also make a donation via mail: Sunny Hills Church, 2973 N 4th ST, Wytheville, VA 24382.

Finally, thank you for your support and encouragement during this crisis. A huge gift you can make in the name of Jesus is a phone call to a friend, co-worker, or neighbor who may be experiencing worry, loneliness, or fear. WE HAVE JESUS, what an awesome gift to share to a hurting world.

Closing Prayer

“Oh God, as we click away from this ‘virtual service’ help us to remain connected tightly to You most of all. Help my Bible reading and prayer times continue to mold me into the person You want me to be. Bless me, my family, my church, our nation, and strangers everywhere who are wondering ‘what’s next.’ In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Dismiss

Pastor Alan will be going LIVE on Facebook at 11:00 am Sunday morning to pray and connect. Join us then and you may chat via text on Facebook.

Virtual Worship Service, 2020-03-22

Begin the worship service by viewing the video below. Thank you!

Please CHECK-IN to our service by completing the form below and clicking the “submit” button.

Greetings from some of our folks:

Call to Worship:

Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

As we find ourselves physically distant from one another, we are reminded that God is in the midst of His People be they “gathered” or “scattered.” Thank you God for being present in our worship time today!

Worship Song: “Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone”

Play the YouTube video below and feel free to sing along … God is your audience and He applauds your devotion through song!

Trivia Question

Last week’s Question:

According to Revelation 22:2, what kind of fruit does the Tree of Life bear?

  1. Eternal fruit. (1)
  2. Light and life.
  3. Holy fruit.
  4. Twelve kinds. (14)

The correct answer is 4. Twelve kinds. Last week’s winner of our $10 Amazon Gift Card is … Mark and Kaye!

This week’s Question:

The last verse of the Bible is …

  1. A warning.
  2. A blessing.
  3. An invitation.
  4. A prophetic utterance.

Bible Number

Today’s Bible Number is 216 (and 144). Click the video below to hear more about this number.

Prayer

“Dear God, first off, I just want to say ‘You’re just awesome.’ Here I am staring at a screen in a ‘virtual’ worship service because our Nation is facing a health emergency. Just the fact that You’re not scared, You’re not shaken, and You’re engaged and compassionate helps me find courage for this hour. God, we rebuke fear. God, we stand on the Rock, unshaken. God, we pledge to remain engaged with You and our Church family. God we move with love and compassion toward others.

God, I ask You to provide me and my family the wisdom and prudence we need to get along through this emergency. Beyond that, I pray that You’d help us thrive instead of just survive. I pray for my neighbors, co-workers, and church family who are in the same boat as me and my family are. Make us all stronger, together.

Lord, we lift up those on the ‘front lines’ of this crisis. Medical workers, doctors, nurses, administrators, and government officials. In our own church family we pray for:

  • Scotty. (Physician)
  • Lauren. (Nurse)
  • Faith. (Hospital employee)
  • Denise. (Physician)
  • Marti. (Nurse)
  • Tina. (Nurse)
  • Stacey. (Medical Administration)
  • Tremayne. (Hospital Administration)
  • Johnny. (Personnel Administration)
  • Olivia. (Nurse)
  • Josh. (Higher Ed Administration)
  • Peggy. (School Administration)
  • Charlie. (School Administration)
  • Terry. (Pharmaceutical Administration)
  • Christina. (Physical Therapy)
  • Matt. (Corrections Officer)
  • Others. ___________________________ .

Each of these are directly involved or supporting the “war on Coronavirus” and we pray You’d keep them safe and healthy. Bless also their families who worry for them.

Finally, for the ‘high risk’ people we know … Oh God, bless them with protection and safety. Give them peace. Make them whole.

In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Pastor Alan will be LIVE on our Facebook Page at 11:00 am. We will share your prayer requests and enjoy being together via Facebook.

Worship Song: “In Christ Alone.”

Sing to the Lord … He is our Audience of One.

Worship Song: “Come to the Table.”

I love that God is always inviting people to fill His table feast.

Sermon

You may pause the sermon at any time to read today’s Bible passage: Revelation 21:9-22:6. In fact, it’s a good idea to keep your Bible handy.

Offering

To make an online donation please head over to our SECURE DONATION PAGE. It’s simple, safe, and easy. (This page will open in another window, after submitting your donation use your “back” button to return to this page.)

You may also make a donation via mail: Sunny Hills Church, 2973 N 4th ST, Wytheville, VA 24382.

Finally, thank you for your support and encouragement during this crisis. A huge gift you can make in the name of Jesus is a phone call to a friend, co-worker, or neighbor who may be experiencing worry, loneliness, or fear. WE HAVE JESUS, what an awesome gift to share to a hurting world.

Closing Prayer

“Oh God, as we click away from this ‘virtual service’ help us to remain connected tightly to You most of all. Help my Bible reading and prayer times continue to mold me into the person You want me to be. Bless me, my family, my church, our nation, and strangers everywhere who are wondering ‘what’s next.’ In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Dismiss

Pastor Alan will be going LIVE on Facebook at 11:00 am Sunday morning to pray and connect. Join us then and you may chat via text on Facebook.