Celebrant Singers on March 23, 2001
4th Sunday of Easter
May 3, 2020
Pastor: Ralph Wrightstone BULLETIN Music Director: Travis Oaks
As we are entering a time when weather is nice enough to consider an outdoor service during this period of continued "social distancing", I looked in our "archives" for instances of outdoor services. I do recall some "stories" of classes being held among the headstones in the days before AC, and of course Bethel marks its beginning from outdoor gatherings at Bethel Pond and we have had Easter Sunrise and Heritage Sundays down by the pond in recent years. But I've only found one instance in the past 50 years of a "message" being delivered in word and song outside on the church property (apart from graveside services) and that was almost 20 years ago when the "Celebrant Singers", a traveling group of young Christian performers, gave an outdoor concert and testimony in front of the church. (Don't miss the "
Easter Egg" behind the picture above). A new service will be available here before 10:00 am each Sunday so you may "gather" for an Early Service at 10:00 or the traditional service at 11:00 ...actually it will be available here at any time all week. We hope that you will find it a refreshing place to come into God's house.
NOTE: Each part of the service consists of an audio file and, for most, a Link to a pdf file of "projection slides". Click on the symbol to play the audio file under a separate browser tab or in a new window. Then select the "Bethel May 3,2020 Service" browser tab or return to this window to open the Link to the "slides". It is best to stop the playing of one Audio segment and close its tab or window before starting another.
Thank you for coming. Our prayer will be that we will soon gather again for worship in Bethel's Sanctuary, but intil then we'll be here for you on Sunday morning.
- . Verse - Prelude/Processional - "Sing Alleluia to the Lord"
Acolytes bring light to the candles on the altar, followed by the pastor and other worship leaders.
- . Slides - Welcome and Announcements
. Verses - Hymn: Just a Closer Walk With Thee (TFWS 2158)
There are many hymns in our song books suitable for the Easter Season and we've provided ones here that you may want to add to your personal service. Take your time. We'll wait for you.
. Verses - Hymn: Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (UMH 381)
. Verses - Hymn: The King of Love My Shepherd Is (UMH 138)
- . Slides - Call to Worship, Apostle's Creed and Gloria Patria
- - OT Scripture: Psalm 23
- - Special Music: "Fear Doesn't Stand a Chance" by Travis Oaks
- - Youth Message: "The Good Shepherd" (04:56)
- . Slides - Pastor's Thoughts, Prayers & Lord's Prayer (09:06)
......Scripture: John 10:1-10
......consider following along with a favored translation of your own.
- . - Message: "Sheep Just Wanna Have Fun!" (13:30)
- - Holy Communion (02:29)
We normally use consecrated crackers and grape juice during the service but you may use other elements for the acts of remembrance as you participate
- . Verses - Hymn: I Have Decided to Follow Jesus (TFWS 2129)
- . Verse - Closing Chorus: Bind Us Together, and Benediction
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