Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 21, 2021
Pastor: Ralph Wrightstone Bulletin . Insert . Photos Music Director: Travis Oaks
On this Fifth Sunday of Lent the lectionary reading from Jeremiah reminds us of God's promised "new covenant", not based upon the written law. Instead it would be placed "within them", written "on their hearts". In the passage from John Jesus speaks of his approaching death, which was to become the atonement for sins under the old covenant. The gift of the Spirit on Pentecost would then provide the completion of the New Covenant for those who would receive it.
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 03/21/21 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 . (04:16)
- Opening Hymn
. Verses - "Great is Thy Faithfulness" . (UMH 140)
This Charles Wesley hymn expresses a desire for God's guidance under the New Covenant:
. Verses - "I Want a Principle Within" . (UMH 410)
And this hymn expresses contentment with this new relationship with God:
. Verses - "Dear Lord, Lead Me Day by Day" . (UMH 411)
As yesterday was the first day of Spring, this hymn appropriately reminds us of the promise and hope that comes with each new season, with each new day:
. Verses - "Hymn of Promise" . (UMH 707)
(Let us know if you have a favorite hymn that you would like to have included in an online service.)
- . Slides . Call to Worship, Apostle's Creed and Gloria Patria
- . OT Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:1-12,13 .
......consider following along with a favored translation of your own.
- . Slides - Pastor's Thoughts, Prayers and Lord's Prayer . (10:41)
Please continue to include this prayer for the youth among your prayers for Bethel at this time.
Click to see a picture from last week's youth activity.
- . "Youth" Message: "Holy Hydration" . (12:13)
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 12:20-33 in your own Bible. (The "Church" message on this day will be on the "Sermons" page of Bethel's web site later this week.)
- Closing Hymn:
. Verses - "Glorify Thy Name" . (TFWS 2016)
- 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 "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