21st Sunday after Pentecost
October 25, 2020
Pastor: Ralph Wrightstone Bulletin . Insert . Photos Music Director: Travis Oaks
Next Saturday, October 31, is "celebrated" by kids (and some others) as "Halloween", though it may look a little different this year. On the general church calendar it is the day before "All Saint's Day", which will be observed next Sunday. But it is also observed as "Reformation Day", the beginning of the "Protestant Reformation" movement in the Christian church, when Martin Luther nailed his "Ninety-Five Theses" to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Although Methodism is not a "descendant of Luther", "the themes of the Reformation remain the great themes and principles of our own faith today".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 Sunday on or before October 31 is designated as Reformation Sunday.
Click Reformation Day 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 10/25/20 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 (04:20)
- Opening Hymn
. Verse - "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" (TFWS 2158)
This next hymn of Martin Luther is considered to be the greatest of 3 hymns traditionally sung on Reformation Day. (Let us know if you have a favorite hymn that you would like to have included in an online service.)
. Verse - "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" (TFWS 2176)
- . Slides - Call to Worship, Apostle's Creed and Gloria Patria (02:53)
- - OT Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 (05:26)
......consider following along with a favored translation of your own.
- - "Youth" Message: "Faith For Today" (07:04)
......you may wish to follow the reading of Matthew 22:34-46 in your Bible.
- . Slides - Pastor's Thoughts, Prayers and Lord's Prayer (06:08)
- - Bible Study: "Overview of the Book of Revelation (Chpt. 15)" (06:04)
......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
- Closing Hymn:
. Verse - "Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is Calling" (UMH 348)
- 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