16th Sunday after Pentecost
September 20, 2020
Although the current season of Jewish "High Holy Days" of Rosh Hoshanah and Yom Kippur are not on the Christian Calendar, their underlying themes of "Repentance" and "Atonement" are familiar ones and invite us to become more familiar with this "New Year's" celebration that is part of our religious heritage. Click on any of the pictures at the top of the page to find out more about these "Ten Days of Awe".
Last Thursday, September 17, was Constitution Day, recognizing the anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution on that day in 1787. The week following has been designated Constitution Week. Click here and here to read more about this Day.
Click on the "Bethel United Methodist Church" script above
for links to some Resource material for this service.
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 this online 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 09/20/20 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.
I've inserted some recordings from the church service at the beginning and end of this service that incorporate the blowing of the shofar and some words of explanation about its significance for this season. These, and the hymn "Blow Ye the Trumpet", are late additions to this service but hopefully will prove interesting to any "late arrivals".
Thank you for coming. Our prayer will be that we will soon all gather again for worship in Bethel's Sanctuary, but intil then we'll be here for you on Sunday morning.
- . Opening with the blowing of the Shofar and some introductory remarks by the pastor.
- . Verse - Prelude/Processional - "Sing Alleluia to the Lord"
During normal times...acolytes would bring light to the candles on the altar, followed by the pastor and other worship leaders...today, it simply provides an opening for this time of Worship.
- . Slides - Welcome and Announcements
- Opening Hymn
. Verse - "Holy Ground" (TFWS 2272)
This Charles Wesley hymn, mentioned by the pastor in his introductory remarks, brings out the significance that "The Blowing of the Shofar" has in our heritage and in our future.
. Verses - Blow Ye the Trumpet, Blow (4Vs) (UMH 379)
- . Slides - Call to Worship, Apostle's Creed and Gloria Patria
- - OT Scripture Reading: Exodus 16:2-15
......consider following along with a favored translation of your own.
- Special Music
- "Where Could I Go", sung by Travis & Judy in Last Sunday's Church service
- - Youth Message: "Measured Salvation" (07:33)
- . Slides - Pastor's Thoughts, Prayers and Lord's Prayer (11:03)
- - Bible Study: "Overview of the Book of Revelation (Chpt. 10)" (06:45)
......you may like to follow along with the scripture reading in your own Bible.
......you can find earlier messages in this series on the Sermon Page
- Closing Hymn:
. Verse - "He Touched Me" (UMH 367)
- Closing Chorus & Benediction:
. Verse - "Bind Us Together"
- . Closing with a final Shofar Call
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