Second Sunday after Epiphany
January 17, 2021
Pastor: Ralph Wrightstone Bulletin . Insert . Photos Music Director: Travis Oaks
Last week we found Jesus receiving the "Sign of Noah" at his baptism and on this Second Sunday of Epiphany the lectionary selection in John's Gospel finds him beginning to gather his disciples in the story of Philip, Nathaniel and the Fig tree, asking them to "Follow Me". In this service you will also find some invitations...to the church service next Sunday to hear a visiting missionary, to try some "new" hymns, and to add some names to your prayer list. Now we welcome you to Bethel's online service.
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 01/17/21 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.
- . 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 . (04:22)
- Visiting Missionary - This video introduces you to the Kyle Alford family and their mission work in the Islands of Southern Asia. They will be visiting and speaking at Bethel next Sunday. Please plan to attend this special service if you are able.
- Opening Hymn
. Verse - "They'll Know We Are Christians by Our Love" . (TFWS 2223)
These hymns invite us to consider God's call:
.Verses - "Would I Have Answered if You Called?" . (TFWS 2137)
.Verses - "The Summons" . (TFWS 2130)
.Verses - "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus" . (TFWS 2129)
- . Slides - Call to Worship, Apostle's Creed and Gloria Patria
- - OT Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1-18 . (03:36)
......consider following along with a favored translation of your own.
- . Slides - Pastor's Thoughts, Prayers and Lord's Prayer . (09:26)
There have been continuing expressions of concern for our youth during the prayer requests of Bethel's church service. As a result of last Sunday's service, Tina prepared a list of youth and a prayer to place before you. We hope you will add this to your own prayers for Bethel at this time. These pages from the youth directory may help you to recall the faces to go with the names.
- - "Youth" Message: "Under the Fig Tree" . (08:11)
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 John 1:43-51 in your own Bible. (The "Church" message on this same topic will be on the "Sermons" page of Bethel's web site later this week.)
- Closing Hymn:
. Verse - "O How He Loves You and Me" . (TFWS 2108)
- Closing Chorus & Benediction:
. Verse - "Bind Us Together"
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.
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