Welcome to Providence Presbyterian Church
in Gum Spring, Virginia!
We are a small, historic, country church serving a big, living, world-loving God.
Our mission is to share God’s abundant love in the counties of Goochland and Louisa
(and beyond!) … and we have been doing it since 1747!
Whether you are looking for a church home or just plan to visit,
we invite you to come and see what God is doing in our midst.
February 10 was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent is a season of preparation and repentance during which we anticipate Good Friday and Easter. Just as we carefully prepare for big events in our personal lives, Lent invites us to make our hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ passion and celebrating Jesus’ resurrection. As we begin this season of Lent, it’s tempting to decide what we will give up or what we will do extra to show God—and maybe other people—how serious we are about our faith. But the prophet Joel reminds us that what is most important is what happens deep within our hearts: Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your whole heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the Lord, your God… (Joel 2:12-13). This Sunday, February 14, we will be contemplating how we can lean in to God during Lent by focusing on the discipline of prayer. We hope to see you there!
On February 7, the people of Providence celebrated both the Lord’s Supper and the ordination and installation of church officers. We are blessed to welcome Pat, Jim, Melissa, Casey and David to the church’s leadership team. Pastor Karen Witt preached on 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, the Apostle Paul’s wonderful, inspired description of the value and necessity of each member’s participation in the working of the Church. Click on the link below to hear Karen’s insightful meditation on the Body of Christ, and be reminded that “you are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 (The Message).
During the worship service this Sunday, February 7, Pastor Karen Witt and the people of Providence will be ordaining and installing our new church officers and celebrating the Lord’s Supper. We also will be celebrating Souper Bowl Sunday! We ask everyone to please bring a can of soup (or two) to share with our neighbors in need. After worship, our youth will collect donations representing favored Super Bowl teams, with all proceeds going to help feed the hungry in Louisa County. And, of course, soup will be served during our fellowship time after worship!
Many Christians all over the world celebrate the Presentation of the Lord today. The Revised Common Lectionary recognizes this special event in the life of our Lord Jesus with readings from Malachi and Luke in which prophets foresee and then rejoice in God’s presence with us. From Malachi 3:1-2: “See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight — indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.” How remarkable, then, to be present in the temple when Joseph and Mary presented the baby Jesus “to the Lord … according to the law of Moses” (Luke 2:22). Luke tells us “there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him” (Luke 2:25). “Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God” (Luke 2:27-28). A prophet named Anna also was present “and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38). How blessed we 21st century Christians are to have the praise and thanksgiving of these holy witnesses that we can read, study and ponder in our hearts. Celebrate God-with-us and the spiritual gift to recognize and adore Him, today and every day.
Due to the snow, our worship service is cancelled for this Sunday, January 24. Please stay safe and warm!
We give you thanks for snow days …
days that force us to slow down,
days that fill us with awe at the beauty of your creation,
days that energize us with excitement and fun,
days that remind us that we are not in control.
Lord, please be with those for whom this storm is a major inconvenience …
those with inadequate shelter and provisions,
those who are busy at work clearing our roads,
those who must be out on the roads to get to work,
those who are working to help keep us safe – police officers, rescue workers, nurses, doctors.
Loving God, wrap us all in the life-giving warmth of your love.
Open our eyes, so that we may see you in everyone and everything.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
January 10 is Baptism of the Lord Sunday. Having celebrated the birth of our Savior, we now turn our attention towards key events in Jesus’ life that help us understand his identity and mission. In Jesus’ baptism, God announces his divine sonship in a dramatic way: “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22). This Sunday we will reflect on this and on our own identity as God’s beloved children.