4th Sunday of Advent
December 20, 2020
In between this 4th Sunday of the Advent Season and the First Sunday of the Christmas Season next week a lot is happening...including a Celestial Event, the end of Advent on Christmas Eve and, of course, the Christmas Day celebration of Christ's birth. The graphics at the top of this page provide information about each.
The first graphic, held over from last week, reminds us of the 'Christmas Star' event tomorrow (on Dec 21) with the "Great Conjunction" of Jupiter and Saturn;
The next three provide information about the "Second Coming" of Jesus, which is the other "Advent" anticipated by our current Season;
the fifth graphic provides a "Festival of Lessons and Carols" for the Christmas Season similar to the "Advent Service of Lessons and Carols" introduced last week...
both of these special online services are also on the Service Page of Bethel's web site;
and that last one is just to provide some enjoyable Christmas themed activities for you to try.
And don't forget the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5 p.m. Thursday at the church.
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 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 12/20/20 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.
Thank you for coming. Our prayer will be that we will soon all gather again for worship in Bethel's Sanctuary, but until 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 (05:43)
- . Slides - Lighting the Fourth Advent candle - Love
- Opening Hymn
. Verse - "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" . (UMH 240)
This little hymn will become familiar to you as it looks at all the candles of this season:
.Verses - "Light the Advent Candle" . (TFWS 2090)
- . Slides - Call to Worship, Apostle's Creed and Gloria Patria
- - OT Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-11,16.
......consider following along with a favored translation of your own.
- - "Youth" Message: "Surprise, It's Christmas" . (09:19)
Though addressed to the "Youth", whom we truly miss seeing on Sundays, this message is for all of us.
- . Slides - Pastor's Thoughts, Prayers and Lord's Prayer . (11:11)
- - Bible Study: "Overview of the Book of Revelation (Chpt. 22)" . (07:26)
......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 - "Angels We Have Heard on High (vs 1,3,4)" . (UMH 238)
- Closing Chorus & Benediction:
. Verse - "Bind Us Together"
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