22nd Sunday after Pentecost
All Saints' Day
November 1, 2020
Pastor: Ralph Wrightstone Bulletin . Insert . Photos Music Director: Travis Oaks
Now, with October 31, Halloween (All Hallowe'en), in the past, along with Reformation Day (remember last Sunday), we arrive at November 1st, "All Saints' Day" by the calendar...made even more special this year by being a Sunday. This is the "season" of Allhallowtide, a tradition coming from our Anglican heritage...a "time to remember the dead, including martyrs, saints, and all faithful departed Christians". It encourages us to consider again what we mean by "Saints" and, on this first Sunday of the month, what we mean by the "Communion of Saints". Click the graphics at the top of this page to find out more about this special day. Click on the "Bethel United Methodist Church" script aboveWe 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 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 11/01/20 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 (05:54)
- Opening Hymn
. Verse - "Your Grace is Enough" (W&S 3106)
There are many hymns appropriate for "All Saints' Day" (see the Resource Page for some others). "For All the Saints" is probably the most well-known. I've included another version from "The Faith We Sing" that uses a melody that may also be familiar. Hymn 712 on that Resource Page has a similar emphasis.
. Verse - "For All the Saints" (UMH 711)
. Verse - "For All the Saints" (TFWS 2283)
- . Slides - Call to Worship, Apostle's Creed and Gloria Patria
- - OT Scripture Reading: Joshua 3:7-17 (03:52)
......consider following along with a favored translation of your own.
- - "Youth" Message: "God Sees You" (05:55)
Though addressed to the "Youth", whom we truly miss seeing on Sundays, this message is for all of us. You may wish to follow the reading of Matthew 5:1-12 in your own Bible.
- . Slides - Pastor's Thoughts, Prayers and Lord's Prayer (07:30)
"All Saints' Day" - Remembrances
It is a tradition in "All Saints Day" observances to have a time to collectively bring forth the names of ones who have passed away in the previous year. In this online service, we are offering a series of "slides" for this purpose. As most of you will not have been able to provide input before the service, we hope you will send your remembrances to us to be added to this list. The growing list will be available in this "service" for continued review during the week ahead.
Click on ...Remember...to join with others in recalling your own memories.
- - Bible Study: "Overview of the Book of Revelation (Chpt. 16)" (06:31)
......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 - "I Surrender All" (UMH 354)
- 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