20th Sunday after Pentecost
October 18, 2020
Pastor: Ralph Wrightstone Bulletin . Insert . Photos Music Director: Travis Oaks
"Methodism has a long history celebrating and recognizing the ministry of the laity. In the early days of American Methodism, the laity served and maintained congregations between visits of the circuit riders. Today, lay people are the front line of daily ministry at the workplace, in the home and within the community".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.
On the UMC calendar, the third Sunday in October is designated as Laity Sunday.
Click History of Laity Sunday to find out more about this special day. Click on the "Bethel United Methodist Church" script above
for links to some Resource material for this service.
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 format 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 10/18/20 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 (03:40)
- Opening Hymn
. Verse - "Open the Eyes of My Heart" (W&S 3008)
This next hymn seems appropriate not just for laity but for all followers of Christ. (Let us know if you have a favorite hymn that you would like to have included in an online service.)
. Verse - "Make Me a Servant" (TFWS 2176)
......The single verse will be repeated.
- . Slides - Call to Worship, Apostle's Creed and Gloria Patria (03:04)
- - OT Scripture Reading: Exodus 33:12-23 (03:11)
......consider following along with a favored translation of your own.
- Special Music
- "Heart of a Shepherd", sung by Travis last Sunday for Pastor Appreciation Sunday
- Words of Appreciation by Tina Oaks from last Sunday's church service
- - "Youth" Message: "Keep Your Eye on the Ball" (07:47)
......you may wish to follow the reading of Matthew 22:15-22 in your Bible.
- . Slides - Pastor's Thoughts, Prayers and Lord's Prayer (08:45)
- - Bible Study: "Overview of the Book of Revelation (Chpt. 14)" (07:28)
......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 - "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" (UMH 349)
- 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 "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