SUNDAY'S ONLINE SERVICE
Good morning, Bear Valley Church and welcome to an incredibly unusual Sunday morning! I deeply hope and pray that the unsettledness of this season is impacting you as mildly as possible. That might be easier for some than others in light of all that’s going on around us. And obviously, we’re all being impacted right now as we’re coming together this morning as a church family from the comforts of our own homes instead of together in our building.
But no matter where you are this morning, can I just tell you that it’s not only possible, it’s actually critical to take some time this morning and just put the world on pause. We need to take some dedicated time to lean into the relationship that we get to have with our God in Christ. He is not just our Creator, He is also our Provider, our Supplier, our Healer, our Protector, and ultimately our one true Source of Peace!
So, we’ve given you a couple things to help you do that this morning:
1. Take some time to worship God in songs of praise. We’ve chosen 4 songs for you, 4 songs with a special focus on His victory.
2. Spend some time growing in God’s word. We’ve given you a couple key passages to walk through that focus especially on peace.
3. Follow that with a dedicated time of prayer. We’ve given you a number of specific ways to pray in a time such as this.
4. Celebrate with a final song of declarative victory in Jesus. Declarative victory because of who He is in spite of what’s going on around us!
5. One last thing. We talk all the time about wanting to be a fixture for good will here in the Big Bear Valley. We talk every single Sunday about making as massive difference in the lives of the people of our community. And so, yes, you can still support the ministry by giving online or through our church app, because even though the lights are off in the building this morning, our ministry continues, and we only see the needs of our community growing as this unique season continues.
So, just follow the steps below and you’re all set to go. And don’t forget…keep watching our website, social media, and emails for more updates on how we’ll keep moving forward as all of this continues.
May God richly bless you. I love you. I miss you. I’ll see you soon!
SUNDAY’S ONLINE SERVICE:
Begin your time worshipping God through songs of praise. We’ve chosen the following 4 songs for you this morning because they’re songs of victory. Not victory in our circumstances, but victory because of Who God is in spite of our circumstances!
These songs should be familiar, so sing along. Or maybe just allow the truths that they proclaim to saturate your heart as you listen…
1. Yes I Will (Vertical Worship)
2. See A Victory (Elevation Worship)
3. We Praise You (Bethel Music)
4. Raise A Hallelujah (Bethel Music)
If you’d like to spend some time in extended worship, enjoy our “Songs We’re Playing” playlist, which is the ongoing collection of songs that we sing on Sunday mornings…
“Songs We’re Playing” on Spotify.
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” – Isaiah 26:3
This past week’s been somewhat of a crazy, unsettling time for many of us. And yet, instead of panicking, we actually can be peaceful. We can be peaceful because even though there’s a lot unknown to us, there’s nothing unknown to God. But in times of uncertainty, the key to being at peace, ‘perfect peace’ as Isaiah calls it, is found by keeping our eyes set on God in Christ.
And so, this morning, we invite you into God’s ‘perfect peace’ by taking the time to recognize both God’s presence and His purpose, even in the midst of a season such as this.
Finding peace in God’s presence…
Read Psalm 139:1-16.
1. Go back and notes how many different ways that God is present in your everyday life.
2. Which way(s) surprised you?
3. Which way(s) mean the most to you right now? Why?
Read Psalm 91.
1. Go back and note each reference to God’s protection over us.
2. Which one stands out the most to you? Why?
3. What steps can you take today in response?
Finding peace in God’s purpose…
For each verse, answer the following questions:
1. What does this verse say about God?
2. What does this verse say about me (people)?
3. If those are true, then what can I do today in response?
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
God’s peace is often experienced through prayer. So, spend some time in prayer, either on your own, or as a family. Pray for these things:
Pray for a quick recovery of those who’ve been infected by the coronavirus.
Pray for first responders and medical personnel who’re providing care.
Pray for the families of those infected or who’ve suffered loss.
Pray for our Government (Federal, State, Local) & Health Organization leaders.
Pray for our community & our leaders.
Pray for your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors.
Go back and listen to/sing “Raise a Hallelujah” one more time. Turn up the volume a bit. Raise your hands and celebrate Who our God is!!!
Yes give! And we don’t mind asking because honestly, giving is a key act of worship for so many of you! And even though the lights are off in the building this morning, our ministry continues. In fact, we’re anticipating that the needs of our community are going to increase dramatically. So, please help us make a MASSIVE difference in our valley through your generosity!