18th Sunday after Pentecost
World Communion Sunday
October 4, 2020
Pastor: Ralph Wrightstone Bulletin . Insert . Photos Music Director: Travis Oaks
On this first Sunday of the month, a Communion Service is a part of both our online and church services. But today is a special day as the first Sunday in October is World Communion Sunday. United Methodist congregations join many Christian churches around the world for this celebration of unity among churches across denominations.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.
Click: World Communion Sunday to find out more about this day. For a more general, detailed examination of our communion observances, click on:
This Holy Mystery
A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion.
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 10/04/20 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 all 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"
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 - "We've a Story to Tell to the Nations" (UMH 569)
The following hymns seem appropriate for this World Communion Sunday:
. Verses - One Bread, One Body (UMH 620)
. Verses - Bread of the World (UMH 624)
- . Slides - Call to Worship, Apostle's Creed and Gloria Patria
- - OT Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-18
......consider following along with a favored translation of your own.
- Special Music
- "Bring it All to the Table", sung by Travis in the October 8, 2017 service
- - Youth Message: "Being Rejected" (06:15)
......you may wish to follow the reading of Matthew 21:33-46 in your Bible.
- . Slides - Pastor's Thoughts, Prayers and Lord's Prayer (08:59)
- - Bible Study: "Overview of the Book of Revelation (Chpt. 12)" (10:04)
......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
- . About - 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. During this time of "social distancing", the church service uses individual packets for communion taken in the pews.
- Closing Hymn:
. Verse - "Freely, Freely" (UMH 389)
- Closing Chorus & Benediction:
. Verse - "Bind Us Together"
Please let us know of any problems you have with or suggestions about this site by sending an email to "email@example.com". 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