5th Sunday after Pentecost
Independence Day Weekend
July 5, 2020
Pastor: Ralph Wrightstone Bulletin . Insert . Photos Music Director: Travis Oaks
This year, the 5th Sunday after Pentecost happens to fall on the day after the "Birthday" of our country on July 4th making this "Independence Day Weekend". The "Theme" chosen for this month by the UMC Discipleship Ministries is "For Freedom" with an emphasis today on "Christian Freedom".
So this "online service" takes a look at both topics.
Click on the central image above for links to source material for these topics.
Click on other images above to read about some "Indpendence Day" topics.
We are also having a service at 11:00 this morning in Bethel's sanctuary. An insert to the bulletin, provided by a link above, presents Bethel UMC's policy regarding these gatherings during the time of COVID-19 restrictions.
For those unable to attend the services at the church, a new service will be available here online before 10:00 am each Sunday morning, using the same program as the on-site service. So you may "gather" here 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 07/05/20 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. We hope that you will fully participate in the service provided here, taking the time to raise your voice or read along with the hymns and responses, and listening to the recorded messages and songs that have been prepared for you. Realize that, though not meeting face-to-face, you are virtually gathering with many others for this time of worship, celebration and spiritual refreshment.
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.
- . Slides - Welcome and Announcements
- Opening Hymn
. Verses - "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" (UMH 717)
- . Slides - Call to Worship, Apostle's Creed and Gloria Patria
- - Scripture Reading: Song of Solomon 2:8-13 (05:26)
......consider following along with a favored translation of your own.
- Special Music
- America the Beautiful, sung by Travis Oaks
- - Youth Message: "A Human Reaction" (08:00)
- . Slides - Pastor's Thoughts, Prayers and Lord's Prayer (10:30)
- - Message: "Overview of the Book of 3rd John" (07:49)
......you can find earlier messages in this series on the Sermon Page
- - 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
- Closing Hymn:
. Verse - "My Tribute" (UMH 99)
- . Verse - Closing Chorus: "Bind Us Together" & Benediction
Please let us know of any problems you have with or suggestions about this site by sending an email to "firstname.lastname@example.org". If you have any announcements or prayer concerns you would like included next week you may contact Pastor Ralph Wrightstone directly at: 850-591-9785